What kind of geber are you?
Thus says the LORD,
Cursed is the geber* who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
Blessed is the geber* who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 NASB
* Hebrew masculine singular geber. The NIV, NLT, GNT, CSB, and GOD’S WORD®, all change this word to “person” or “those”.
Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition:
I. גֶּ֫בֶר66 noun masculine man (Late Hebrew id., MI16 גברן (plural), Aramaic גְּבַר, ; Assyrian gabru, rival is Akkadian Loan-word according to Schr JLZ 1874,200 Dl S 120, Sm. Chald. Genesis 286) — Deuteronomy 22:5 39t.; גָּ֑בֶר Job 3:3 13t.; construct גְּבַּר Psalm 18:26 (= 2 Samuel 22:26 גִּבּוֺר but ᵐ5ᵑ6 read גֶּבֶר); plural גְּבָרים Jeremiah 41:16 10t.; — man as strong, distinguished from women, children, and non-combatants whom he is to defend, chiefly poetic Exodus 10:11; Numbers 24:3,15 (E) Exodus 12:37; Joshua 7:14,17,18 (J) Deuteronomy 22:5 (twice in verse); Judges 5:30; 2 Samuel 23:1; 1 Chronicles 23:3; 1 Chronicles 24:4; 1 Chronicles 26:12; Job 3:3 14t. Job; Psalm 18:26 8t. Psalm; Proverbs 6:34 7t. Proverbs; Isaiah 22:17; Jeremiah 17:5 8t. Jeremiah; Lamentations 3:1,27,35,39; Daniel 8:15; Micah 2:2; Habakkuk 2:5; Zechariah 13:7; also 1 Samuel 10:21 ᵐ5 We Dr; = each (of locusts) Joel 2:8, compare אישׁ.
Gesenius’ Hebrew and Chaldee Definition:
גֶּבֶר pl. גְּבָרים m.
(1) a man, vir, so called from strength, i.q. אִישׁ, a word with few exceptions (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Chronicles 24:4, 26:12 compare לִגְבָרִים), found only in poetry; in the Aramean (גְּבַר, ܓܒܰܪ, ܓܰܒܪܐܳ) it is very widely used. Psalms 34:9, אַשְׁרֵי הַגֶּבֶר יֶחֱסֶה־בּוֹ “blessed is the man who trusteth in him;” Psalms 52:9, 94:12, etc.; לִגְבָרִים, לַגְּבָרֻים man by man, Joshua 7:14, 17 Joshua 7:17; 1 Chronicles 23:3. Specially
(a) opp. to a woman, a male, Deuteronomy 22:5; Jeremiah 30:6, 31:22 and even used of male offspring newly born; Job 3:3, “the night which said הֹרָה גֶבֶר a male is conceived;” compare אִישׁ 1, a.
(b) opp. to wife, a husband, Proverbs 6:34. Sometimes
(c) it denotes the strength of a man, Isaiah 23:17, “behold Jehovah will cast thee טַלְטֵלָה גֶּבֶר with the casting of a man,” i.e. with a strong, most violent propulsion; Job 38:3, 40:7 Psalms 88:5 comp. אִישׁ 1, d.
(d) man, homo, opp. to God; compare אִישׁ 1, e, Job 4:17, 10:5 14:10, 14 Job 14:14.
(e) a soldier (compare אִישׁ 1, l), Judges 5:30 compare Jeremiah 41:16, גְּבָרִים אַנְשֵׁי טִלְחָמָה.
(2) i.q. אִישׁ No. 4, every one, each. Joel 2:8, גֶּבֶר בִּמְסִלָּתוֹ יֵלֵכוּן “each one shall go on in his own way.” Lamentations 3:39 (in the second hemistich).
(3) [Geber], pr.n. m. 1 Kings 4:19 comp. 13 1 Kings 4:13.
V) rbc (גבר geber) – Prevail: To be successful in strength or authority. KJV (25): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Hitpael, Piel) prevail, strengthen, great, confirm, exceed, mighty, put, strong, valiant – Strongs: H1396 (גָּבַר)