Kabbalistic Analysis on First Samuel Chapter 9 Verse 9

This verse relates to any person whose name starts with a Lamed and ends in a Hai. The Kabbalah teaches that every verse in the Tanach speaks to every person in every generation. It also explains that when a verse from the Tanach starts with a Hebrew letter and ends with a Hebrew letter that is the same as your Name when spelled with Hebrew Letters is an indication that this verse has special significance to that person. It is recommended that one speak this verse each day at least three times each day. Once in the evening, once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. There is a specific location in the prayer known as the Amidah - standing prayer which is said 3 times a day in the Orthodox and Conservative traditions. If not just say the verse with a preceding Leshem Yichud.

One can find discussion of the Leshem Yichud on the yeshshem website.

Here is a list of Names that this verse connects with


First Samuel Chapter 9 Verse 9 In Hebrew Letters

לְפָנִים בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל, כֹּה-אָמַר הָאִישׁ בְּלֶכְתּוֹ לִדְרוֹשׁ אֱלֹהִים, לְכוּ וְנֵלְכָה, עַד-הָרֹאֶה: כִּי לַנָּבִיא הַיּוֹם, יִקָּרֵא לְפָנִים הָרֹאֶה.

Lefanim BeYisrael, Ko Amar HaEish Belecto Leedrosh Elohim, Leku Wenaylkah, Ad Hareh: Ki Lanaveyo Hayom, Yekaray Lefanim Hareh.

Traditional Translation

Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he said: 'Come and let us go to the seer'; for he that is now called a prophet was beforetime called a seer.--

Peshat Explanation of the Verse

The term "beforetime" is a made up term. The Hebrew word is Lefanim which literally translates as "to before"

The word God is being translated from the Hebrew word Elohim. As we know Elohim is the Name of God used in the attribute of judgement but can also be used to refer to the Angelic Chieftains of the 70 nations.

The word being translated as "seer" is more literally translated as "the seeing" or "the one who sees". This Hebrew word also includes one of the 72 Names of God. It is Name number 69. This Name relates to sight or seeing.

Translation discussion

A question that needs to be asked about the translation and the verse. Is why is the Name of the person that one would go ask for information about themselves changed from earlier generations till Biblical times. Why is the person no longer called "Seer" but Prophet?

In my opinion, from many sources, it is important to see the truth that in each generation people need to learn to foresee the consequences of their actions. The effect of not "seeing" the result of our actions we will end up "smothering" our love ones.

Pshat Level of Discussion

see above

Number of Words

There are 18 words in this verse. The number 18 represents the Hebrew word "Chai" - חי which translates as "Life". It also is the gematria of the Hebrew word Chet חטא which translates as "sin".

Number of Letters

There are 73 letters with all the letters. The number 73 refers to the gematria of the Hebrew word Chochmah. This word is the Name of the Highest practical sefirah. Its meaning is wisdom. It also can be parsed into two words that translate as "power of what" or "what power"

Kabbalistic Analysis

Let us take the first letters of each word as this develops a Name or word that encapsulates the energy of the verse. Here are the first letters: לבכאהלבאלועהעלהילה. The Kabbalists teach us to permutate the letters as Rabbi Bag Bag teaches "Turn it Turn it as everything is in it". This refers to rearranging the letters to read different aspects within the verse. Here is my suggestion - although it is best if the individual does this themselves if they have a Hebrew Dictionary.

֓The letters permute into 7 words as follows: לב כ אהיה הלב אלול לעה ע . Here is a literal translation of the 7 words: Heart; Like; Ehiyeh - Name of HaShem; The Heart; Elul - an acronym for "I am to my beloved as my beloved is to me"; Smother; Eye or See. i would order them as follows: The heart of Ehiyeh is like seeing "I am to my beloved being smothered by "My Beloved is to me".

Our basic classes teaches many of the aspects and connections in the Hebrew Calendar. If this is a verse connected to your name we recommend that you read the hand outs and listen the recordings of the 2 classes on the Calendar in our basic classes.

This above discussion is not complete and will be added to by many people over time. Please check back often to see more discussion.