The Hebrew word for to pay – לְשַׁלֵּם listen and repeat– comes from the same root as that of the word שָׁלוֹם listen and repeat – hello, goodbye and, more famously, peace. The root is שׁ.ל.מ (sh.l.m), and the unifying concept is completion: payment is the completion of a transaction, while peace involves a sense of completion or settlement.
Here’s an example of לשלם in action:
אֲנִי רוֹצֶה לְשַׁלֵּם דֶּרֶךְ אֲתַר הָאִינְטֶרְנֶט.
I want to pay through the website.
הַסְּכוּם הַמָּלֵא שֻׁלַּם בַּזְּמַן.
The full amount was paid on time.
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