Origin of English word BRIGHT

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









glittering, lightning flashes


BRIGHT is from the Indo-European “root” bhereg (to shine; bright, white), which also includes the BIRCH tree.

The sound connection to Hebrew's BRK is clear. To establish the meaning, ברק BaRahQ is "glittering" in Deuteronomy32:41, HiBHReeYQ is to shine;  BaRKAhY is the morning star; ברקת BaReQeT is a gem (Exodus28:16 – see BERYL) and  ברק BaRaQ is lightning (Exodus19:16).


A related Indo-European “root” is bherek (to shine, glitter). This takes in BRAE, BRAID, BREAM, BRIDLE, and UPBRAID. Even BLACK is attributed to an etymon meaning to shine or gleam. BLA(N)CH, BLEACH, BLEAK and BLIGHT may fit here as well.           The French  briquer (lighter)  is a sparkling derivative of ברק   BaRaQ, flash of lightning.

BaHeeYR (bright  -- Leviticus 13:2) is a related Hebrew term, as is  BaLa[K]H (to flicker). The Hey, Het, and Koof are all look alike and sound-alike guttural letters; they are merely set on different scales of intensity on the alphabetic Hebrew Keyboard. (See this phenomenom at CABLE too.)   


Arabic bahir (light-colored) matches the Indo-European “root” bher- (bright, brown). Derivatives of bher include BEAR, BEAVER, BROWN, BRUIN, BRUNET and BURNISH.

The BRK gem mentioned above, rendered "bareqeth" by Webster's, is the given source of Greek maragdos, Greek smaragdos (green beryl) and English EMERALD.

See  BARE for more Bet-Resh; see ESMERELDA for a gem.

Bible Verses

Deuteronomy 32:41 אם־שׁנותי ברק חרבי ותאחז במשׁפט ידי אשׁיב נקם לצרי ולמשׂנאי אשׁלם׃

“If I whet My glittering sword, and My hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine adversaries, and will recompense them that hate Me.”

Exodus 19:16 ויהי ביום השׁלישׁי בהית הבקר ויהי קלת וברקים וענן כבד על־ההר וקל שׁפר חזק מאד ויחרד כל־העם אשׁר במחנה׃

“And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of a horn exceeding loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled.”



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