how to say “eternal” in Hebrew

how to say “eternal” in Hebrew

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There are a few ways of saying forever in Hebrew. One is לְעוֹלָם (leh-oh-LAHM), employing the original Biblical meaning of the word עולם (oh-LAHM) – eternity. In Modern Hebrew (as well as in late Biblical Hebrew), עולם means world.


Another way of saying forever is לָנֶצַח (lah-NEH-tsahkh). The word נצח (NEH-tsahkh) itself also means eternity in Biblical Hebrew.


Two other ways of expressing the concept of forever in Modern Hebrew are לְתָמִיד (leh-tah-MEED) – literally, for always; and לִצְמִיתוּת (leets-mee-TOOT) – permanently.


To say eternal, Hebrew employs the word נצח, creating נִצְחִי (neets-KHEE).


But to say the eternal nation? That’s עַם הַנֶּצַח (ahm hah-NEH-tsahkh) – literally, the nation of eternity.



 

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

4 Comments

  • So how would you say something like “best friends forever” in Hebrew?

    Anonymous Reply
    • You mean the BFF? I’m not familiar with a cultural equivalent. Anyone in the know?

      Literally, best friends forever would be חברים הכי טובים לתמיד or חברים הכי טובים לעולם
      (khah-veh-REEM hah-KHEE toh-VEEM leh-tah-MEED) – for always
      (khah-veh-REEM hah-KHEE toh-VEEM leh-oh-LAHM) – forever

      Ami Steinberger Reply
    • Yes, BFF, exactly. Thanks for the response!!

      Anonymous Reply

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