בָּרַךְ Strong’s #1288 barak

And he made the camels to kneel down without the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water.

Genesis 24:11


The Hebrew verb barak literally means “to kneel.” However, when this verb is written in the piel form it means “to show respect” (usually translated as “bless”). A related Hebrew word is berakhah (Strongs #1293), meaning “a gift” or “present.” From this we can see the concrete meaning behind the piel form of the verb barak. It is to present a gift to another while kneeling out of respect. The extended meaning of this word is “to do or give something of value to another.” Elohiym “respects” us by providing for our needs and we in turn “respect” Elohiym by giving him of ourselves as his servants.