“Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul keeps them. The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth and panted, For I longed for Your commandments. Look upon me and be merciful to me, As Your custom is toward those who love Your name. Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts. Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes. Rivers of water run down from my eyes, Because men do not keep Your law” (Psalms 119:129-136 NKJV).
PEY, PEI, or PE (פ) is the seventeenth letter of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. It has the numerical value of 80. The ancient pictograph for PEY (פ) resembles a mouth, which symbolizes to speak, to open, or the beginning (like a river). PEY can also mean: word(s), expression, speech, declarations, decrees, etc. “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24 NKJV).
PEY (פ) follows AYIN (ע) in the Hebrew Alphabet. The eye perceives and then the mouth expresses a thought. This suggests the priority of seeing and understanding before you speak. “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:1-7 NKJV).
Notice how the wicked speak from a selfish, twisted sense of understanding. “Lord, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph? They utter speech, and speak insolent things; All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. They break in pieces Your people, O Lord, and afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say, ‘The Lord does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand’” (Psalms 94:3-7 NKJV). When the spies returned from their reconnaissance of the Promise Land, ten of the twelve declared: “We cannot advance against the [Canaanite] people … since the land consumes its inhabitants” (Numbers 13:31-32). Their lack of faith was reflected in the reversal of the letters AYIN (ע) and PEY (פ). The spies declared with their mouth what they had not seen with their eyes.
The first words spoken by the “mouth” of God in Creation was: “Let there be light.” When the eyes of the Creator perceived the creation of light produced from within Himself, He proclaimed “It was good.” This word “good” in Genesis 1:4 is the thirty-third word in Scripture, which is the sum of the ordinal values of both AYIN and PEY (33 = 16 + 17). This alludes to the eyes and mouth connecting for good. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14 NKJV). He is a good, good God: “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrew 13:20-21 NKJV). On the flip side Scripture articulates: “You have wearied the Lord with your words; Yet you say, ‘In what way have we wearied Him?’ In that you say, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,’ Or, ‘Where is the God of justice?’” (Malachi 2:17 NKJV).
When God created man in His own image, “He blew into his nostrils the soul of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). The Hebrew Sage Onkelos interprets the phrase “living being,” as a speaking spirit. The ultimate purpose of mankind’s mouth is to praise Almighty God: “And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: ‘Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested’” (Revelation 15:2-4 NKJV).
Not only are we to worship and praise El Shaddai with our mouths, but the ultimate fulfillment of the meditation of God’s Word is to teach (or speak) it. “ ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up’ ” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NKJV). The Hebrews believe that when someone shows an eagerness to learn, they should teach even if they feel inadequate. When we truly learn God’s Word, we shouldn’t keep the benefit to ourselves. The Body of Christ has been created to connect with the Word of God – Messiah Yeshua – and voice the truth in love: “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:15-16 NKJV).
The Hebrew Living Letter ™ PEY (פ) is equivalent to the number 80. Moses was eighty years old when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt – the world. The Hebrew Sages define eighty as the age of strength. The Hebrew word for strength “gevurah” is equivalent to 80. One of the main reasons for this is when Moses was about to become God’s messenger to transmit God’s Torah (Word) to the people, Hebrew History says that Moses was granted a rejuvenation of energy and vitality.
You and I can personally choose to engage the essence of Messiah Yeshua – the Word of God – contained within the Hebrew Living Letter™ PEY. With that in mind, you may be interested in Sapphire Throne Ministries anointed set of Hebrew Living Letter™ Flash Cards. It is a creatively educational way to further explore all the letters of the Hebrew Alef-bet. If you are interested, please check out https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/product-page/flash-cards. Each custom HLL flashcard has some beautiful, original artwork on the front and an in-depth revelation on the back.
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Written July 16, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
Originally published 7 October 2015 with modifications.
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ART: “Giving Insight Expression – PEY” by Robin Main
Created on 8 September 2015.