Word Summary
merea: friend, companion
Original Word: מֵרֵעַ
Transliteration: merea
Phonetic Spelling: (may-ray'-ah)
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Short Definition: friend, companion
Meaning: friend, companion
Strong's Concordance
companion, friend

From ra'ah in the sense of companionship; a friend -- companion, friend.

see HEBREW ra'ah


H4828. merea

[מֵרֵעַ‎] noun masculine friend, companion (strange formation; origin dubious; WetzstSyr. Dreschtafel, Z. Ethnol. 1873, 289 compare miryâ, name of bell-wether among Syrian nomads (properly [inseparable] companion), and derived from ֗֗֗ ריע‎, properly closely joined; compare Gerber97, 162); — suffix מֵרֵעֵ֫הוּGenesis 26:26 +, מְרֵעֵ֫הוּProverbs 19:7; מֵרֵעֶ֑ךָJudges 15:2; plural מַרֵעִים14:11; — companion, confidential friend, Genesis 26:26 (J; compare רֵעֶה‎); of bridegroom's escort 14:11, 'best man' (GFM) 14:20; 15:2, 6; more Generally friends ("" אחים‎) 2 Samuel 3:8; Proverbs 19:7; 12:26 is dubious, Död Hi De and others מִרְעֵהוּ‎; Toy conjectures possibly מֵרָעָה (יָסֻר)‎, see further תור‎.

III. רעה‎ (Aramaic רְעָא‎, , take pleasure (in), desire, = Arabic [Hebrew רָצָה‎], whence Aramaic רְעוּתָאdesire, רַעֲיוֺנָא רַעֲיָנָא,‎, , opinion, thought, disposition, and following late and Aramaic words in Hebrew, compare NöZMG liv (1900), 155; > De SiegfQoh. 18 and others from I. רעה

2b, compare Hosea 12:2, and Arabic ; watch, regard, respect (Lane) [BaWU 46 f. KauArmaismen 82 f. derive following from I. רעה‎ = observe, attend to, specifically tend sheep, also aim at, purpose]).