[רֵאשִׁית] noun feminine beginning, chief (for *רְאֵשִׁית NöGGA 1884, 1019, compare HolzHexateuch 465; Syriac ); — absolute ׳ר
[Deut 33:21]+, construct ׳ר [Gen 10:10]+, רֵשִׁית [Deut 11:12] suffix רֵאשִׁיתוֺ [Eccl 7:8], רֵאשִׁתוֺ [Job 42:12], etc.; —
\ \ a. beginning of kingdom
[Gen 10:10] (J), year [Deut 11:12], reign [Jer 26:1]; [Jer 27:1]; [Jer 28:1]; [Jer 49:34]= first phase, step, or element in course of events [Isa 46:10] (opposed to אַחֲרִית); of a thing (דָּבָר) [Eccl 7:8] (opposed to id.); of sin [Mic 1:13], strife [Prov 17:14], wisdom [Ps 111:10], knowledge [Prov 1:7] thy beginning [Job 8:7] = thine early life so his beginning [Job 42:12] (both opposed to אַחֲרִית), ׳ר before clause, ׳בָּרָא א ׳בְּר [Gen 1:1] in the beginning when god created (> absolute in the beginning God created); אֹנִי ׳ר [Gen 49:3] (poem) beginning (first product) of my manly vigour (|| בְּכֹרִי כֹּחִי so [Deut 21:17]; [Ps 78:51] (both || בְּכוֺת [Ps 105:36] compare דֵּרְכֵי אֵל ׳ר [Job 40:19] (of hippopotamus), דַּרְכּוֺ ׳ר [Prov 8:22] (of wisdom);=first season (of a tree) [Hos 9:10] גּוֺיִם׳ר [Num 24:20] (JE), first, earliest, of nations.
\ \ b. first of fruits
[Exod 23:19] (E), [Exod 34:26] (JE), [Deut 26:2]; [Deut 26:10]; [Ezek 44:30].a, of harvest [Lev 23:10] (H), grain [Deut 18:4]; [2Chr 31:5] dough [Num 15:20]; [Num 15:21] (P), [Ezek 44:30]b [Neh 10:38], wool [Deut 18:4] of כָּלתְּֿבוּאָתֶ֑ךָ [Prov 3:9] Israel is תְּבוּאָתֹה ׳ר [Jer 2:3] (i.e. of ׳יs increase); ׳ר=first-fruits [Lev 2:12] (P), [Num 18:12] (P), [Neh 12:44] הָאָרֶץ ׳ר [Ezek 48:14]
2. first chief,
[Amos 6:1] גְּבוּרָתָם ׳ר [Jer 49:35] (of bows); so apparently בְּנֵי עַמּוֺן ׳ר [Dan 11:41], i.e. the principal part of them (Buhl Marti conjecture שְׁאֵרִית after ᵑ6); מַשְׁאוֺתֵיכֶם ׳ר [Ezek 20:40], i.e. your chief oblations; שְׁמָנִים ׳ר [Amos 6:6], i.e. choice oils; = choice part, of land [Deut 33:21], offering [1Sam 2:29], הַחֵרֶם [1Sam 15:21] absolute chief thing [Prov 4:7] (of wisdom).
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