Earth – Erets

 

 

 

 

 

The Hebrew word translated as “earth” is “erets” (Strong’s #776).

While this word can mean the whole “earth,” it is usually used in the context of a “land” or a “region”.

KJV of the Bible will translate this Hebrew word as “land” (1543), “earth” (712), “country” (140), “ground” (98), “world” (4), “way” (3), “common” (1), “field” (1) and “nations” (1).

This word is derived from the parent root “rats” (Strong’s #7518) meaning a “fragment” as in a “piece of broken pottery” which was “commonly used to write messages”.

A “land” such as the “land of Israel” had “defined borders” and all of the “lands” are “pieced together”.

Much like a “shattered piece of pottery” that has been “glued back together”.

It is interesting to note that the English word “earth” appears to be “closely related” to the Hebrew word “erets”.

Strong’s: #776 – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/776.htm – #7518 – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/7518.htm