Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.
Are you at the end of your rope? There is hope!
A little study of the Hebrew word for "hope" and its connection with a rope can give us something to hang on to. Many times when Hebrew words spell the same, one will illustrate the other. In this case, a rope will demonstrate for us the concept of hope.
According to Gesenius Lexicon, the very first definition of this particular word for "hope" (tiqvah-תִּקְוָה) is "rope" and secondly defined as "expectation."
Its root word "qavah-קָוָה" means "to twist" or "bind together," very much descriptive of a rope, also "to be strong," and "to expect." It is translated, sometimes, "wait," or "gather together." There are many concepts here. In this article, we will look at each of them and see how they all relate to hope.
Hebrew words most generally contain three root letters. Suffixes and Prefixes are added to form a new term. In the Hebrew language, God gives us three visual concepts that can be tied together to provide us with an illustration of something that can be grasped or held on to like a rope. We can depend on it being true.
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
— Ecclesiastes 4:12
The three letters that make up the root word for hope, "qavah-קָוָה " are "qoof" קָ, "vav-וָ, "and "hey-ה." This word most often translates as "expect," "wait for," and "look for." From this, we can see that hope begins with expectations as in looking for something. Let's dig a little deeper using the pictographs.
"Qoof" Is a Sun Rising on the Horizon
The first strand of our rope is the letter "qoof." The illustration that comes with this letter is that of the sun rising on the horizon. It carries the concept of arising. The sun rising is a symbol of hope in and of itself. It is the dawning and expectation of a new day.
My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning— Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
— Psalm 130:6
There is only one with whom we may expect anything. There is no hope apart from Him.
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; . . .
— Malachi 4:2
Hope is about getting up and arising out of discouragement and despair. When we despair, we give up.
Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!
— Isaiah 52:2
The sun rising is the giving of light, and the giving of light enables us to see things, possibilities, and solutions that we couldn't see before.
Hope sees and expects good to happen; it does not foresee disappointment.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
— Romans 5:5
"Qoof" also carries the concept of proximity.
. . . there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
— Hebrews 7:19
"Vav" Is a Nail That Connects Things
The second strand of the root word for "hope" is the letter "vav" and is represented by the picture of a nail. It carries the concept of connecting and establishing. "Vav" can connect us with the one who holds our hopes, expectations, and dreams in His nail-pierced hands.
"Vav" can also be associated with concepts of choosing and devoting. To expect and wait for good is something we choose and devote ourselves to. It doesn't always feel natural. And from this verse, we see that expecting and waiting require us to recall to our minds these things.
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
— Lamentations 3:21
We must stay connected deliberately, as we see the Psalmist do in this verse.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
— Psalm 42:11
"Vav" is also about connecting heaven and earth. It was the nail-pierced hand of Christ that connected man to heavens resources.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ
— Ephesians 1:3
We can have hope because we are not stuck with just our natural world and the things we can see for help. We have resources beyond this realm that we live in as long as we stay connected to Christ and abide in the vine.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
— John 15:5
There is nothing of any value that can be accomplished in our life situations or circumstances apart from Him.
Hey Is a Window of Revelation
The third strand of our word rope is the letter "hey." "Hey" is a picture of an open window indicating a revelation, illumination, and to behold. We most often look out a window to watch and wait for something.
We won't expect something we do not envision or foresee. We will not wait for something we don't know or will happen.
Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
— psalm 119:49
With no vision, expectation, or revelation, we are without hope, wandering aimlessly through life and circumstance.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; . . .
— Proverbs 29:18
Our expectancy is born from a revelation of Jesus Christ and our ability to behold Him, which causes us to hope.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
— I Peter 1:13
The letter "hey" is about worship. It is about who we look for, not just what we look for. People and situations will disappoint us. Expecting from God and God alone is a form of worship, and hope requires us to worship the one we hope in.
My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.
— Psalm 62:5
It is about something that is seen with the eyes of our spirit but not yet realized in the natural.
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
— I Corinthians 2:9
Corralling Our Thoughts
This last verse brings us to the next concept of hope that deals with a rope. In the above definition, we saw that hope has to do with a gathering together. When I think of this, I think of a lasso and rounding up livestock and corralling them.
When it comes to hopelessness, our thoughts are generally running loose without restraint, as the above verse indicates. When it comes to hope, we must corral our thoughts and purposefully and mindfully direct where they are going. That is where revelation or Word from the Lord are imperative to keep our thoughts and minds framed with the hope He has given us in them.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind (thoughts) is stayed (framed) on You, Because he trusts in You.
— Isaiah 26:3
I included the literal translation in the above verse because I thought it was relevant to know that we frame our lives with thoughts. And our hopes and expectations are framed with these thoughts. Hope is like the frame of a house that faith is building.
The Measuring Line
The final aspect I wanted to look at is hopes relation to a rope as a measuring line relating to the idea of stretching something out. To stretch out a line or a rope. Hope requires us to stretch. We need to make room for whatever it is we are hoping for. This next verse expresses this idea beautifully.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.
— Isaiah 54:2
The above verse demonstrates hope through the idea of making room for our expectations. It is broadening your horizons and perspectives. We give God lots of room to move by placing our hope in Him.
I also believe the measuring line speaks of boundaries. God has spiritual provisions and solutions that he wants to reveal to us and give us hope. We ought to seek Him for these revelations.
For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
— Isaiah 64:4
"Tav" Is a Sign
We have studied the root word for "hope," which means to expect, wait, and look for, and would like to add the prefix to this revelation. The only extra letter that is attached to make the word translate hope is a "tav."
"Tav" is a picture of a cross and is known as a sign or a seal of a promise. The promise is secured through the covenant sacrifice. It carries the concepts of completed work.
What brings our desire and expectation to a place of hope is expecting from Jesus Christ and believing in what He did for us on the cross in making access to the Father and His heavenly resources possible. It is guaranteed that what we hope for is assured.
Hallelujah!! Jump for joy the things He reveals to us consider it done. It is signed, sealed, and delivered!
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
— Deuteronomy 29:29
We have been tossed the life-giving rope of salvation in Christ that connects us with the heavenly Father, the source of all blessings. In Him, it is the dawning of a new day in terms of hope.
He invites us to bring everything to Him in prayer.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
— Philippians 4:6
Then, look out the window in confident expectation of His answer and provision.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
— Hebrews 10:23
Credits and Sources
*(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rope) ("Rope" refers to the manufactured material. Once rope is purposely sized, cut, spliced, or simply assigned a function, the result is referred to as a "line,"
© 2010 Tamarajo
Tamarajo (author) on June 13, 2020:
I'm glad that you found what you were looking for and that the study was useful.
Understanding original word definition and imagery really helps with context comprehension. It never changes the meaning it just gives it a little more depth and dimension.
I appreciate your taking the time to comment.
Elize-Marie on June 13, 2020:
Amazing... I was directed to your article by looking up the word Qavah.. According to Ps 27 verse 14.
Thank you so much and God bless.
Tamarajo (author) on January 14, 2020:
Hello Olusegun, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for your visit and comment.
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on January 13, 2020:
I Enjoyed this.
Tamarajo (author) on October 31, 2012:
Thank you for your visit and appreciative comment FullOfLoveSites.
FullOfLoveSites from United States on October 29, 2012:
Thank you so much for sharing!
Tamarajo (author) on April 07, 2012:
Stages of Me I'm glad that you found this revelation of hope helpful. God's Word is truly our hope and our help and can always be trusted. I am grateful for this hope too. Happy to have you stop by and read and thank you for commenting
Kathy Henderson from Pa on April 06, 2012:
This Hub was so awesome and helpful to me today and I want to say thank you for writing it. I really enjoyed it and found it so very on point. God Bless
Peace in your stages
Tamarajo (author) on April 28, 2011:
Thank you drpastorcarlotta. The agri-bio-linguistics are my favorite revelations they really make concrete the truths of scripture which makes His word so pure and reliable.
Blessed by your visit : )
Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on April 28, 2011:
I can see you put your all and all into this wonderful Hub! Thank you for this message! Much love... Voted-Awesome!
Tamarajo (author) on April 18, 2011:
Hi Apostle Jack. "Faith is the substance of the things hoped for" Hope is the expectation and blueprint and faith is the reality of that hope. I like how you said it as well that in keeping faith we have hope.
Thank you for your visit and your comment.
Apostle Jack from Atlanta Ga on April 17, 2011:
You said it well.As long as we keep the faith,we have hope.
Tamarajo (author) on April 06, 2011:
Thank you toknowinfo for your insightful comment. It adds a kind of poetic description to hope.
I appreciate your visit and thoughtful comment.
toknowinfo on April 05, 2011:
Hope is a beautiful word. It is a universal feeling and expands beyond the essence of our body and soul. Hope is the sun and our future, it is our guidance and our motivation. Thank you for your inspiration and wisdom.
Tamarajo (author) on February 19, 2011:
thank you Chemist I am glad you liked it. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
ImChemist on February 18, 2011:
Wow , so beautiful hub that i rated beautiful.
Tamarajo (author) on January 29, 2011:
Thank you for your visit and comment Lady jojo.
ladyjojo on January 29, 2011:
Thanks for sharing
God bless you Tamara
Tamarajo (author) on September 11, 2010:
Thank you TimeHealsAll I love how scripture always agrees with itself and confirms it's teachings in various ways. Always a check and balance with the word.
Thank for sharing your thoughts and insights.
Vicky Gentry from Las Vegas, Nevada on September 09, 2010:
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one. Where two or more are gathered together, it shall be done! A firm/strong/unbreakable line. I love your research and the way you laid this out. You certainly have a gift! May God keep blessing you and filling you with His wisdom!
Tamarajo (author) on August 26, 2010:
Glad to hear that Louis. My hope and prayer is that we would all know him better and the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened by Him in the wisdom of revelation.
Heart4theword. I'm not a scholar either. I just love to study in this particular facet of revelation. I was so astonished by these things myself and I am tickled to find others who find His Word to be as stunning as I do. Your account name says it all: )
heart4theword from hub on August 26, 2010:
I am no Bible Scholar...this was awesome! So thankful there are people like you in this world who can help teach us things, we've never even imagined:) Great Hub!
Louis Fourie from Johannesburg, South Africa on August 25, 2010:
Thank you for this wonderful hub, it has really broaden my understanding of hope.Thank you for sharing. Godspeed.
Tamarajo (author) on August 25, 2010:
Judah's daughter thank you for reading. yes faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Chin Chin I'm blessed that you were encouraged by this revelation.
Benji glad you also were encouraged and thank you for the correction will get to that. I must have had a dyslexic moment. : ) I love God for giving us so many ways to comprehend Him in His Word and how consistant His ways are.
Benji Mester from San Diego, California on August 25, 2010:
That's very cool. I learn so much from your hubs. I really enjoy your word studies. That first verse you mentioned is one of my favorites. "My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen wait for morning." The only note of correction I have though is that that verse is from Psalm 130, and you accidentally wrote Psalm 103. No big deal but you might change it when you get around to it.
That threefold explanation of hope is really awesome and comprehensive. I can see how the overarching definition of hope is perfectly covered by them. Very cool.
Chin chin from Philippines on August 24, 2010:
This is awesome! Again, you have written something very insightful and inspiring. Just like hanging on to the rope, we should hang on to God and never let go. Thanks for writing.
Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on August 24, 2010:
Awesome message! "Hope is like the frame of a house that faith is building." AMEN!!!
His daughter on August 24, 2010:
thanks,Tamarajo. I have several of the Frank Seekins books and those have been a help. I'll check out the website. God bless. Love reading your hubs.
Tamarajo (author) on August 24, 2010:
apologies for the late response...grandbaby chasing : )
No Body I agree where two or more are gathered in His name He is there.
Creative One thank you for stopping by Im glad you were encouraged.
His Daughter Thank you for reading. I began by listening to a video series done by Jewish Jewels titled the Hebrew Aleph Bet. I also used a Book called Hebrew Word Pictures by Frank Seekins. A nice website also is Hebrew for Christians. I have drawn from so many sources it is difficult to list all but these are the main ones.
Rev Lady That is exactly what I wanted my hubs to do : )because that is what the revelations do for me to .
Fred Allen Glad you are blessed by them. The scriptures are layers deep and I like to take the microscopic look at the things that can't be seen on the surface
fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on August 24, 2010:
Awesome! (as usual) I always expect to be amazed as you break down the origins of Hebrew words and expound on the real meanings. You are a great teacher! Love this!
RevLady from Lantana, Florida on August 23, 2010:
A great piece of work here. It affirms the value of trying to access the original meaning of words which enhances our understanding of Scripture and makes it possible for us to get closer to the TRUTH.
Thank you for sharing,
His daughter on August 23, 2010:
Once again, the Scriptures come to life when we know the Hebrew word origins. Great hub! Loved the insight. What are the sources you have for these? Did you take Hebrew? I have a few books which detail some words similar to what you have done. Bless you!
Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on August 23, 2010:
Thank you for this wonderful hub, it has really broaden my horizon,thank you so much for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on August 23, 2010:
A cord of three strands is not easily broken. I have had the priviledge of being part of a bond of three prayer warriors praying and it is an awesome force for God. Not only does the force of the Spirit move and you can feel it in every fiber of your body but you bond with the brothers and sisters that you pray with. I enjoyed your study into the three and its strength. Thank you.