אלי

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Hebrew[edit]

Adverb[edit]

אֻלַי (uláy)

  1. (rare, biblical) Defective spelling of אוּלַי: maybe.
    • Genesis 24:39, with translation of the King James Version:
      אֻלַי לֹא־תֵלֵךְ הָאִשָּׁה אַחֲרָי
      uláy lo-teléch haishá acharáy
      Peradventure the woman will not follow me

Noun[edit]

אֵלִי (elí)

  1. Singular form of אֵל (él)‎ with first-person singular personal pronoun as possessor.
    • Psalms 118:28, with translation of the King James Version:
      אֵלִי אַתָּה וְאוֹדֶךָּ
      elí atá v'odéka
      Thou art my God, and I will praise thee

Preposition[edit]

אֱלֵי (elé)

  1. (rare form) Alternative form of אֶל (él)

Preposition[edit]

אֵלַי (eláy)

  1. Form of אֶל (él) including first-person singular personal pronoun as object.
    • Exodus 3:16, with translation of the King James Version:
      אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתֵיכֶם נִרְאָה אֵלַי
      elohé avotechém nir'á eláy
      God of your fathers [] appeared unto me

Verb[edit]

אֱלִי (elí)

  1. Wail: feminine singular imperative.
    • Joel 1:8, with translation of the King James Version:
      אֱלִי כִּבְתוּלָה חֲגֻרַת־שַׂק עַל־בַּעַל נְעוּרֶיהָ
      elí kivtulá chagurat-sák al-báal n'uréha
      Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Judeo-Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic إِلَى (ʾilā).

Preposition[edit]

אלי (ʾilā)

  1. to, toward
    • Exodus 10:1 in Saadia Gaon's Tafsir (circa 10th century)
      תׄם קאל אללה למוסי אדכׄל אלי פרעון פאני קד קוית קלבה וקלב קואדה לכי אחל אפאתי הדׄה בהם׃
      ṯumma qāla llāhu limūsā dḵul ʾilā firʿawna faʾinnī qad qawwaytu qalbahu waqalba quwwādihi likay ʾuḥilla ʾāfātī hāḏihi bahum.
      Then God said to Moses: Come to Pharaoh for I have just strengthened his heart and the the heart of his commanders so that I might set upon them these my plagues.