repose, rest, quiet
NIGHT is from Anglo-Saxon neaht , from
Latin noctis, allegedly from Indo-European base noqt or Indo-European root nek(w)t
(night). Only the Het.[K]H or K[H] can be the source of both the Germanic and
means repose, rest, or "quiet" (Isaiah30:15);
it is also a verb of encampment (1IKings6:9). נוח NOOaK[H] is to rest, to lie down. Noahs
Noon-Het נח name means respite. A
Het-Noon ח-נ synonym
is חנה K[H]aNaH,
to incamp, incline, settle down. The built-in opposite is Noon-Vav-Ayin נוע (motion), as in the restless wandering of Cain in Genesis 4:12.
In Genesis 32:2 מחנה MaK[H]aNeH is a camp. In Tel Aviv one parks a car
with the same Het-Noon ח-נ
verb in a חניה K[H]aNeeYaH. In the Greek Gospels nux is the time
that work ceases (A l Ansley). Cognates in the
AHD include EQUINOX,
and NYX. Indo-European cognates of night include German nocht, Russian noch,
and Spanish noche. Sleep in Saami (Lapp) is nohkkat. The
sub-root of the Edenic etymon is Noon-Het, נ-ח to set down
or rest. Expect the minimalist Asian languages to involve only this core. So,
reverse to KN for night, keun, in Thai. Reversing for a guttural-nasal
synonym, חנה K[H]aNaH is to encamp, incline, settle down.
the Maya (present-day Mexico) is seen in the numerical classifier for recumbent beings: nakat. A
good match for נחת NaK[H]aT, rest
evoke various themes to diiferent cultures, so Hungarian ejszaka (night)
and Japanese usiku (night) may derive from חשך [K]HoSHeKH
(darkness Genesis 1:4 see OSCURE).
researcher believes that Ukrainian nech (nothing) is behind German nicht
(night). His theory is that the night has nothing visible, so night was
named for nothing. This is a bit too complex. Polish noc means
night, not nothing. More likely, humans felt the fatigue of the day and the
stillness of night and thought rest or Edenic נחת NaK[H]aT.
Once having a word for night, however, it is possible that people wanting a
name for the sophisticated concept of nothingness used their night word
because of its lack of visibility and activity. This would explain why German nicht
(not) and nichts (nothing) is like nacht (night) , and why
English NAUGHT and NOT sound like NIGHT.
Het can be
hushed, as in these Germanic more silent nights: Gothic nahts, Old
English niht, Old Frisian neaht, Old High German naht and
Old Norse natt.
Isaiah 30:15 כי כה־אמר אדני יהוה קדושׁ ישׂראל בשׁובה ונחת תושׁעון בהשׁקט ובבטחה תהיה גבורתכם ולא אביתם׃
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: in sitting still and rest shall ye be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and ye would not.