בֵּן Strong’s #1121 ben

Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build a house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not use the fruit thereof.

Deuteronomy 28:30

In the original pictographic script, the first letter for this was a picture of a tent or house. The second letter was the picture of a seed. The seed is a new generation of life that will grow and produce a new generation; therefore, this letter can mean “to continue.” When combined, these two letters form the word meaning “to continue the house.” This word is related to the verb banah (Strongs #1129), which means to “build,” as one “builds a house” with children. Another related Hebrew word is even (Strongs #68), which is “stone,” and stones are also used to “build a house.”