January 20, 2016 Matt Pennock

גּבּוֹר, Warrior

An Old Testament character named Nimrod sets the stage for the main definition of GIBBOR because he was the first to become one.

Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty-man. He was a mighty-man hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty-man hunter before the LORD.” Gen. 10:8

The Lord will go forth like a mighty-man…Isa. 42:13

But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
they will not overcome me.
Jer. 20:11

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty(גִּבּוֹר) God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

He feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were warriors.
Joshua 10:2

גִּבּוֹר, גִּבֹּר adj. [root גָּבַר].—(1) strong, mighty, impetuous, used of a hunter, Gen. 10:9; commonly of an impetuous soldier, a hero, 2 Sa. 17:10; Ps. 33:16; 45:4; מֶלֶךְ גִּבּוֹר “a mighty king” (Alexander the Great), Dan. 11:3. אֵל גִּבּוֹר a mighty hero. [The mighty God: Christ is spoken of.] Isa. 9:5; 10:21; comp. Eze. 32:11. Gen. 6:4, הֵמָּה הַגִּבֹּרִים אֲשֶׁר מֵעוֹלָם אַנְשֵׁי הַשֵּׁם “these are the heroes, those who were famous of old;” Pro. 30:30, “the lion is a hero among beasts;” also used of a soldier generally, Jer. 51:30; Ps. 120:4; 127:4; גִּבּוֹר חַיִל “a mighty warrior,” Jud. 6:12; 11:1; 1 Sa. 9:1; pl. גִּבֹּוִרֵי חַיִל 2 Ki. 15:20; and גִּבּוֹרֵי חֲיָלִים 1 Ch. 7:5; 11:40. Used of God, Ps. 24:8, יְהֹוָה עִזּוּז וְגִבּוֹר יְהֹוָה גִּבּוֹר מִלְחָמָה “Jehovah (is) strong and mighty, Jehovah (is) mighty in battle.” Deu. 10:17; Jer. 32:18; Neh. 9:32. In mockery, Isa. 5:22, הוֹי גִּבּוֹרִים לִשְׁתּוֹת יָיִ֑ן אַנְשֵׁי־חַיִל לִמְסֹךְ שֵׁכָר “woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, who are mighty in mingling strong drink.”
Gesenius, W., & Tregelles, S. P. (2003). Gesenius’ Hebrew and Chaldee lexicon to the Old Testament Scriptures (153).

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