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

God himself is one:

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

And Jesus:

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

A fearsome type of man:

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

Gesenius’ Hebrew and Chaldee lexicon to the Old Testament Scriptures

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).

Related Hebrew Words

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
champion, chief, excel, giant, man, mighty man, one, strong man,

Or (shortened) gibbor {ghib-bore’}; intensive from the same as geber; powerful; by implication, warrior, tyrant — champion, chief, X excel, giant, man, mighty (man, one), strong (man), valiant man.
see HEBREW geber

Strong’s Concordance
geber: man
Original Word: גָּ֫בֶר
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: geber
Phonetic Spelling: (gheh’-ber)
Short Definition: man

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
every one, man, mighty
From gabar; properly, a valiant man or warrior; generally, a person simply — every one, man, X mighty.
see HEBREW gabar

Brown-Driver-Briggs
I. גֶּ֫בֶר66 noun masculine man (Late Hebrew id., MI16 גברן (plural), Aramaic גְּבַר, ; Assyrian gabru, rival is Akkadian Loan-word according to SchrJLZ 1874, 200 DlS 120, Sm. Chald. Gen. 286) — Deuteronomy 22:5 39t.; גָּ֑בֶר Job 3:3 13t.; construct גְּבַּר Psalm 18:26 (= 2 Samuel 22:26 גִּבּוֺר but ᵐ5 ᵑ6 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. Psalms; 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.

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