Beten In The Gospel Of John

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A) Beten This Hebrew word means: belly, womb, the inmost part, the bottom of the heart; the belly-shape protuberances on pillars. It derives from an unused Hebrew root meaning “to be hollow”. Sometimes, beten is used to express the deepest recesses of an individual as exemplified in the following verses: Job 15:35 “They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.” Job 20:19-20 “Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away a house which he builded not; surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.” Beten often describes the totality of a human being. In Prov. 20:27 “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly”, the expression “the inward parts of the belly” (beten) is the equivalent of “the bottom of the heart”.
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