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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2644 - חָפָא
1) (Piel) to cover, do secretly
1178) ph (ההפ HhP) AC: Cover CO: Cover AB: Innocent: The pictograph h is a picture of a wall. The p is a mouth meaning "open". Combined these mean "wall opened". The tent is opened to allow one into its covering for protection. Anyone entering a tent will be protected at all costs by the owner. A secret is something that is covered and hidden. A haven as a place covered over for protection.
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
חָפָא prob. i.q. חָפָה and חָפַף No. I, to cover; whence Piel, to do secretly [“i.e. to act perfidiously”], 2 Kings 17:9.
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