Word Summary
epher: ashes
Original Word: אֵפֶר
Transliteration: epher
Phonetic Spelling: (ay'-fer)
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Short Definition: ashes
Meaning: ashes
Strong's Concordance

From an unused root meaning to bestrew; ashes -- ashes.


H665. epher

אֵ֫פֶרnoun [masculine] ashes (as light, flying?) — ׳א‎ absolute Genesis 18:27 +; construct Numbers 19:9-10, — ashes of red heifer, used in purifications 19:9-10, on head, as sign of humiliation 2 Samuel 13:19; contrition Daniel 9:3 ("" שַׂק צוֺם,‎), Jonah 3:6 ("" שַׂק‎) compare Job 42:6 (וא ׳עָפָר‎), Isaiah 58:5 ("" שַׂק‎); mourning Esther 4:1, 3("" שַׂק‎) compare Job 2:8 (הא בתוך ׳ישׁב‎), Jeremiah 6:26 ("" שַׂק‎), Ezekiel 27:30 ("" עפר‎); in simile scattereth hoarfrost ׳כָּאPsalm 147:16; but also as filthy, loathsome וא ׳כעפרJob 30:19 (Di simile of mourning, grief), as worthless, א ׳מִשְׁלֵי13:12 proverbs of ashes; figurative of worthlessness Isaiah 44:20; insignificance וא ׳עפרGenesis 18:27; ignominy Ezekiel 28:18; Malachi 3:21; distress & sorrow ׳א אָכָ֑לְתִּי כַּלָּחֶםPsalm 102:10 (so Assyrian compare ZimBP 42) compare Lamentations 3:16; Isaiah 61:3 (אֵפֶר תַּחַת מְּאֵר‎).

II. אפר‎ (enclose, envelope, Assyrian apâru, attire DlPr 54; Thes compare Arabic , cover; MV compare Aramaic , מעפרא‎, mantle, turban; but connection of √ ()׳מּ ע‎ with אפר‎ is dubious)