457. elil
Lexical Summary
elil: insufficiency, worthlessness
Original Word: אֱלִיל
Transliteration: elil
Phonetic Spelling: (el-eel')
Part of Speech: Adjective Masculine
Short Definition: insufficiency, worthlessness
Meaning: good for, nothing, by anal, vain, vanity, an idol
Strong's Concordance
idol, no value, thing of nothing

Apparently from 'al; good for nothing, by anal. Vain or vanity; specifically an idol -- idol, no value, thing of nought.

see HEBREW 'al


H457. elil

אֱלִילnoun masculine (etymology uncertain: most probably akin to Syriac weak, feeble, poor; perhaps also in usage [compare b] felt to suggest אַלnot; compare Che on Isaiah 2:8) insufficiency, worthlessness.

a. Zechariah 11:17 הָאֱלִיל רֹעִי‎ the shepherd of worthlessness = the worthless shepherd, Job 13:4 אֱלִל רֹפְאֵיworthless physicians ("" טֹפְלֵישֶֿׁקֶר‎), Jeremiah 14:14 Qr concrete a thing nought (uttered by prophets), but here אֱלִיל קֶסֶםa worthless divin. ("" לִבָּם תַּרְמִית שֶׁקֶר, חֲזוֺן‎) should perhaps be read (compare Gf).

b. especially plural אֱלִילִים‎ concrete worthless gods, idols (compare הֲבָלִים‎) (possibly originally an independent word = gods, compare Sabean אלאלת‎, & see NöSBAk 1882, p. 1191, but even if so, associated by the prophets with idea of worthlessness, & used by them in iron. contrast with אֱלֹהִים אֵלִים,‎) Leviticus 19:4 (not to be made) 26:1 (both H), Isaiah 2:8, 18, 20 (twice in verse) (of silver & gold), 10:10 הָאֱלִיל מַמְלְכוֺת‎ (collective) kingdoms of idolatrous worthlessness, 10:11; 19:1, 3(of Egypt) 31:7 (twice in verse); Ezekiel 30:13 (Egypt), Habakkuk 2:18 ׳א אִלְּמִיםdumb idols, Psalm 96:5 ( = 1 Chronicles 16:26) all the gods of the nations are ׳אvain, worthless gods 1Chron 97:7.

II. אלל‎ (√ assumed for following words).


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