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Delight

(Chaphets)

 

Hebrew Pronunciation [khah FAYTZ]

HCSB Translation: delight, desire, please

Uses in the OT: 73

 

 “So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?”
(Esther 6:6)

 

Chaphets implies being delighted (Gen. 34:19), pleased (Num. 14:8), satisfied (Det. 21:14), or impressed (Ps. 147:10). People want (Det. 25:7), like (1 Sam. 19:1), desire (Hos. 6:6), or favor (2 Sam. 20:11) others or things.  They choose (Pr. 21:1), prefer (Job 13:3), or intend (Jdg. 13:23).  Chaphets can take another verb (Is 53:10). Someone finds /takes pleasure (Ezk 18:23) or delights in something (2 Sam 22:20).   Chephets (38x) indicates pleasure (Isa. 58:13b), will (Isa. 46:10), care (Job 21:21), wish (Job 31:16), want (1 Kg. 5:8), longing (Ps. 107:30), desire (Pr. 3:15), or delight (Ecc. 12:1).  Stones are precious (Is 54:12).  Chephets, like the root in Arabic, denotes activity or situation (Ecc. 3:1; 5:8).  The name Hephzibah (2 Kg 21:1) means “My Delight Is in Her” (Is 62:4). The adjective chaphets (13x), usually translated verbally, similarly involves desiring, wishing, wanting, willing, and delighting.

 

 


Word Studies courtesy of the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible. Used with permissions from B&H Publishing Group, A Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.

 

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