Word Study: SHAW’eL (Saul),SHeOL (grave)

The Hebrew word for Paul’s (Paulos in Greek) name is SHAW’eL (Strongs 7586) It is found 406 total times in the OT, Saul 399, Shaul 7. The first verse in the OT SHAW’eL is found is Gen 36:37. It is spelled with four Hebrew letters, shin-alef-vav-lamed (read right to left):


The Hebrew word translated 31 times grave, hell 31 and pit 3 is SHEW’eL or SHOW’eL (Strong 7585, sheol). SHeWEL is first found in the OT in Gen 37:35. It too is spelled with the exact same four Hebrew letters as the Hebrew name of Paul, SHAW’eL, shin-alef-vav-lamed.

Both Hebrew words are derived from the word SHA’eL (Strongs 7592) meaning “to ask”. SHAeL is first found in the OT in Gen 24:47. It is found 173 total times in the OT: ask 94; enquire 22; desire 9; require 7; borrow 6; salute 4; demand 4; lent 4; request 3; miscellaneous 20. It is spelled “shin-aleph-lamed”.


Oftentimes when the Hebrew letter “lamed” is found at the end of a word it is pronounced “el” and thus, at the very least, a part of the meaning of the word it consists of is “God”. Thus the Hebrew name, SHAW’eL literally means “asked of God”. For this reason SHAW’eL, the first king of Yisrael, name means “the one asked of God. (1 Sam chapters 8-9). To bear witness of this in 1 Sam 8:10 one will find the Hebrew word, SHA’eL (Strongs 7592). It is interesting to note that though SHAW’eL as king was asked of God by the people, he was already a man. Thus, it is probably so that he was named “the one asked of God” because of the prayers of his parents for a son or child. All these things were ordered by God to fulfill the purpose of God in the Mashiach. For Yisrael must have kings who are a precursor to “the King of Kings”.

So then us ponder and consider what is the spiritual meaning of the Hebrew words, SHEW’eL (7589) and SHEOL (7585). Could the grave in the spiritual language of the OT have the same positive essence as a male child given by God through prayer answered? Could the grave in the essense of its meaning have the interpretation of “asked of God”. It is God who asks for death, and thus, the grave, and not people who ask for it. For we ask for life, and God asks for death against the will to fulfill the purpose of God. Is it not so in the Mashiach? Does it not say in the letter called Matthew and is not the understanding of Yeshua the following, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless not as I will, but as thou will” and “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” It also states, “He/she that takes not his/her cross and followeth me, is not worthy of Me. He/she that findeth his/her life shall lose it, and he/she that loseth his/her life for my sake shall find it.”

Is not the understanding of Paul: “For the love of the Mashiach constrains us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead, and that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again”, and also “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew know sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Did not the writer of letter called Hebrews declare, “But we see Yeshua, who was made a little lower than the messengers (prophets) for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every person. For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many children to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Yes, it does! It is true and steadfast! Amen and Amen!

I mark this writing by the one true gospel, and the one true gospel is the Mashiach, Yeshua, died for our sins according to the OT, He was buried and He rose again third day according to the OT. (Luke 24, 1 Cor 15:1-6)

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4 Responses to Word Study: SHAW’eL (Saul),SHeOL (grave)

  1. Gwen Duckworth says:

    Thanks be to Elohim for His steadfast love for all People, it appears that the grave and life are the same to Him; life for people!, just a pause in time.

  2. Gwen Duckworth says:

    Only in the gospel by grace can death mean life for all! Thanks Elohim

    • habasar says:

      Yes, Gwen, the carnal mind is enmity with the things of God. There is judgment. There is death. There is life for all in the end!

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