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10:13 Sep 11, 2000
Hebrew to English translations [Non-PRO]
Hebrew term or phrase: el shaddai
please help me find what this word translates to it's a christian song,I'm really not sure if its a hebrew word or not.thank you for your help
Kelly
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5 -1God will guard the houses of Israel
Simon Charass
naEl ShaddaiPro-Japanese
naGod AlmightyJohn Kinory
naGod AlmightyEric Isaacson
naGod Almightyzvil
nasee below
Laura Gentili
na -1The Lord our GodAnita Treger


  

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Explanation:
"Shaddai" is one of the names of G-d. It's a Hebrew word which means "The Almighty", "The Omnipotent". The letters are shin, dalet e iud.

Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 15:52
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 4

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Michal Circolone

Pro-Japanese

neutral  John Kinory: Why G-d? 'God' is hardly the explicit Hebrew name of God.
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1 hr
God Almighty


Explanation:
It is Hebrew for sure.
El = God
Shaddai = One of the names of God.

Together they usualy mean God Almighty.

The phrase appears in the old testament in many places.

zvil
Israel
Local time: 16:52

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Pro-Japanese

Astrid Elke Witte
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2 hrs
God Almighty


Explanation:
Two different names for God which together produce this expression.El appears first in Genesis chapter 1 verse 9. The name Shadai first appears in Genesis.ch.17 verse 1. This combination of the names is used extensively in the Jewish High Holiday prayers when repenting and asking for forgiveness.The context explains why.

Eric Isaacson
Israel
Local time: 16:52
PRO pts in pair: 36

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Pro-Japanese

Astrid Elke Witte
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4 days peer agreement (net): -1
The Lord our God


Explanation:
If this is indeed a Hebrew phrase then it is a combination of words addressing the Almighty. It couldn also mean The Lord of Hosts.

Anita Treger
Israel
Local time: 16:52
Native speaker of: Native in HebrewHebrew
PRO pts in pair: 201

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Pro-Japanese

Astrid Elke Witte

disagree  John Kinory: Neither Lord (Adonay) nor Hosts (Tzeva'ot)
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40 days
God Almighty


Explanation:
FWIW, it is not 'Lord' (which is Adonay) nor is it 'of Hosts' (which is Tzeva'ot).

Yoni

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Note added at 2002-02-18 09:38:46 (GMT)
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Mr Charass (who is not a native speaker, asserts that it stands for \'Shmor delatot Israel\'. In the first place, it\'s a nice, well-known story but has no basis in fact. In the second place, acc. to the story it\'s \'Shomer d\'latot Israel\', \'Guardian of the doors of Israel\'.

John Kinory
Local time: 14:52
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Astrid Elke Witte
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134 days
El Shaddai


Explanation:
Why not look at what Rashi has to say. He mentions that "El" is of course God. However the problem is with "Shaddai". Rashi takes "Sha" to mean "that" and "Dai" to mean enough or abundant. Therefore you put them together and get: God that is great or abundant, or God almighty.

Pro-Japanese
Canada
Local time: 07:52
Native speaker of: English

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Astrid Elke Witte
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478 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): -1
God will guard the houses of Israel


Explanation:
“El Sha-Da-I” means “God will guard the houses of Israel”
It seams to me that my colleagues forgot what is the inscription on the Mezuzah, “Sha-Da-I” which means “Shmor Delatot Israel”, “Guard the Gates of Israel”. It is a prayer that God (El) shall guard and prevent the evil passing through the gates/doors of Israel or more generally the Jewish homes. It makes reference to the marking of the Jewish home during the tenth plagues that Moses brought onto Egypt, the death of the first-born male, so that the angel of death will pass-over (Pesach) the houses of Jews.


Simon Charass
Canada
Local time: 09:52
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 80

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disagree  John Kinory: And your refernce for this bizarre suggestion?
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