Origin of English word LEX

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English Word

LEX

Edenic Word

HaLaKHaH

Hebrew Word

הלכה

Transliteration

Hey-Lamed-Khaf-Hey

Pronounciation

(Ha)-LAHKH-(ah)

Conversion

[L-KH]

Roots

LEX (law in Latin) is traced to Indo-European “root” leg- (to collect). See ELECT if one pursues this path to LEX and LEGAL. הלכה HaLaKHaH is law (Post-Biblical Hebrew).  Literally, it means "the way to go," as לך LaiKH is "go" in Genesis12:1.  "Behave" is the meaning of this verb in IKings15:26, so that the progression of going to behaving is not a late semantic development.


Branches

DELEGATE and RELEGATE are cognates of LEX (LEGISLATE, LEGITIMATE, LOYAL and PRIVILEGE), yet Latin legare (to depute, commission, charge) is no "collect" word. The AHD lamely offers"? "collection of rules." A deputy or agent is a  מלאך MaLAKH (messenger, angel - literally "one made to go"). מלך  MeLeKH (king - is chief LEGISLATOR, and "the one who makes others go").

The LEX/LEGAL problem is solved via Hebrew as is the REX/REGAL one. These RG terms are taken up at DIRECTION and REGULAR and REGAL and REICH.


Related Words

LIQUID



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