Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail

Hebrew is an awesome language, unlike any other language in the world. In Hebrew, each letter and each word has meaning. Words with the letters or the same root word are related to each other. There is a truth, a lesson, in every Hebrew letter and word.

As far as I understand, there are two types of languages. In one type, such as English, letters represent sounds that, put together, form words that have meaning. Other languages, such as Hebrew and Chinese, started out as pictures that had meaning. Hebrew pictographs changed over time so that that they resemble the modern Hebrew of today, but the meaning behind the letters is the same. Here is a chart of the pictographs that Hebrew letters started out as:

Here is an example of the truths that Hebrew letters teach. The word for “father” is “Av,” spelled with an aleph and a bet, the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The pictograph for aleph is an ox, meaning strength. The pictograph for bet is a house. This teaches that the father is the strength of the house. If the father leaves the family, the strength leaves too and the family is left vulnerable. In fact, research shows that when a couple divorces, the man’s income usually increases by 10% while the woman’s income decreases by around 30%, often leaving her and her children in poverty. In addition, our Heavenly Father is also the strength of the home. Without God, the family has no strength. Interesting, isn’t it?

Here is another very interesting Hebrew lesson:

God’s name is spelled YHVH in Hebrew. This four letter name of God is called a Tetragrammaton. Look at each of the meaning of the letters in His Name:


Yod or yud was anciently portrayed as a symbol of a hand [yad in Hebrew]. This is the entire hand, or closed hand [in contrast with the letter kaf, which comes from the pictograph of the palm of the hand]. The closed hand denotes power and, figuratively, ownership. Yod is masculine. In the sacred name Yahweh, it is representative of the Father. Yod is the seminal letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It cannot be divided into component parts, like other letters can. It signifies the oneness of Elohim. The yod is the smallest [and most humble] letter. From it, the other letters originate. It is symbolic of creation.


The letter hey is feminine, and represents femininity and gentleness. Hey means ‘behold’, ‘to show’ or ‘to reveal’.


Vav is also masculine in gender. Vav signifies a nail, peg, or hook. It also conveys the meaning of being nailed or bound together. The numerical value of vav is 6.

They are pronounced, in Hebrew, “Yod Hey Vav Hey,” when you read them in the Hebrew manner from right to left.

The four letters in God’s name in Hebrew have the following meanings:

Hey = Behold

Vav = Nail

Yod = Closed Hand

When read in English from left to right, it says:


Or, “Behold the nailed hand.”

Isn’t that amazing?

6 thoughts on “Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail

  1. EmergentWarrior says:

    This is awesome!!! I bookmarked it, come back and study bits at a time. I learn best that way. Thanks TJ! -Caroline

  2. Yes!! That is awesome!! I also watched a video on that and it said the letters were like breathing sounds. Do that every time breath we say his name. Very interesting thought.

  3. TJ says:

    Hebrew is absolutely amazing, and learning it is one of the joys of my life!

    There are also a lot of interesting videos from the Ancient Hebrew Research Center.about Hebrew at Youtube.

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  6. knightlights says:

    That’! Wanna hear more!!

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