עוּף Strong’s #5774 ooph

And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Genesis 1:20

This verb means “to fly,” while the noun form, pronounced oph (Strongs #5775) but spelled the same, is a “flyer” and can be a bird, bat or insect, anything that flies. Hebrew commonly uses word puns, words of similar sounds together. Genesis 1:20 is a good example where it says ve’oph ye’oph which means “flyers flying.”

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