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The Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon

 Strong's Number:  8737Stem and Mood
Word Stem
 Niphal

  1. Niphal is the "passive" of Qal - see 08851

    QalNiphal
    he saw he was seen, he appeared
    he saw the angelthe angel was seen
    he senthe was sent
    he created it was created

  2. Niphal sometimes expresses a "reflexive" action.

    QalNiphal
    he guarded he was guarded, also
    he guarded himself

  3. Several verbs use Niphal, although they express simple action and are active in English. Common examples are:

    he fought, he remained, he swore, he entered

    This form accounts for 6.0% of the verbs parsed.

Word Mood
 Participle

1) The participle represents an action or condition in its unbroken continuity, and corresponds to the English verb, "to be" with the present participle. It may be used of present, past or future time.

  1. present time

    what are you doing

  2. past time

    "he was still speaking" when another came

  3. future time

    we are destroying - e.g. are about to destroy

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Bibliography Information
Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius. "Hebrew Lexicon entry for ". "The Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon".
<http://classic.studylight.org/lex/heb/view.cgi?number=8737>.  

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