Voices: Soift or Divine -- A Hebrew Lesson

Hebrew expression


Literal translation/
literary sources

Modern usage

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kol "Crack of whip / And rattle of wheel, Galloping steed / And bounding chariot! " (Nahum 3:2) (The word kol in original Hebrew has been translated contextually as both "crack" and "rattle.") voice, sound
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kol ram "The Levites shall then proclaim in a loud voice to all the people of Israel." (Deuteronomy 27:14) loud, strong voice
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loud voice
usually written as one word)
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kolei-kolot voice of voices
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kol ereiv "O my dove, in the cranny of the rocks, Hidden by the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet And your face is comely." (Song of Songs 2:14) pleasant voice
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kol-noa moving sound
movie, cinema
(usually written as one word)
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bat-kol "daughter of a voice"; echo

divine voice (link)

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kol echad "All the people answered with one voice, saying, 'All the things that the Lord has commanded we will do!'” (Exodus 24:3) with general agreement, unanimously.
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kol yisrael voice of Israel Israel national radio
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kol damma daka "After the earthquake – fire; but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire – a soft murmuring sound." (I Kings 19:12) very soft sound
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kol korei bamidbar "A voice rings out: 'Clear in the desert, a road for the Lord! Level in the wilderness, a highway for our God!'"(Isaiah 40:3) simile for someone who speaks but nobody listens to him/her
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hakol kol ya'akov “The voice is the voice of Jacob, yet the hands are the hands of Esau." (Genesis 27:22) deception
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natan kolo "He proclaimed: The Lord roars from Zion, Shouts aloud from Jerusalem..." (Amos 1:2) shouted
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kolot u'brakim "On the third day, as morning dawned, there was thunder (kolot), and lightning…" (Exodus 19:16) see "Drama at Sinai" in this edition
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kol aleh nidaf "The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight. Fleeing as though from the sword, they shall fall though none pursues. "(Leviticus 26:36) very soft whisper
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kol b'isha erva "A woman's voice is lewd/distracting" (Berachot24a) see "Kol Isha" in this edition

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