אלי

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Hebrew[edit]

Adverb[edit]

אֻלַי (uláy)

  1. (rare, Biblical Hebrew) 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

Proper noun[edit]

אֵלִי (Éli)

  1. A diminutive of the male given name אֵלִיָּהוּ (Eliyáhu), equivalent to English Eli.

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.