אֹזֶן Strong’s #241 ozen

And they gave unto Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hand, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

Genesis 35:4


Ozen is the Hebrew word for the “ear” (see Exodus 21:6). A Hebrew’s speech is often strange to us, so the translators “fix” the text so that it can be more “modern.” However, in some cases the original Hebrew is much more interesting. For instance, in Numbers 11:1, the KJV says “And when the people complained it displeased the LORD.” The Hebrew literally reads, “And the people were murmuring and it was bad in the ear of YHWH.” The verb related to this is azan (Strongs #238) meaning “to give an ear” or “to hear.” Interestingly, the Hebrew word for a balance is mozen (Strongs #3976), derived from ozen. Why would a balance be related to the Hebrew word for an “ear?” Could the ancients have understood that a person’s inner “ear” included a mechanism for determining balance?

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