Origin of English word OWE

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English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[(K)H-OA-BH → OAW]




The  alleged Indo-European “root” of  OWE  is  eik  (to be master of, possess).  The music and meaning in the given etymology is poor, but Old English agan, to possess, is cited in an attempt to match OWE with OWN.  As if ancient societies also lived on credit card debt.  Owning is very different from OWING.   Similar sounds in non-Edenic can be meaningless.

A ח Het easily drops away, and the    ב Bhet to  W is the mildest of bilabial shifts. חוב     [K]HOABH, debt, is in Ezekiel 18:7;   חוב  [K]HOOBH means to be bound or indebted  (Daniel 1:10).  The ו Vav, a “weak” letter, does not count here. The debtor is bound to the lender, but “bound” is what the     ח-ב Het-Bhet subroot is literally about in words like   חבש [K]HaBHaSH (to swaddle, bandage – Exodus 29:9 – see VEST),        חבל [K]HeBHeL (rope – see HOBBLE) and    כבל KeBHeL (cable – see CABLE.)     ח-ב Het-Bet closely related binders include    חבר     [K]HeeBaiR (to be coupled) and     חבק   [K]HeeBooQ is to fold the hands (Proverbs 6:10).           חבר [K]HaBHaR is to join together,   חבק  [K]HaBHaQ is to embrace (see HUG), and the most personal of the ח-ב  Het-Bhet words that return us to the lender-debtor relationship is   חבר [K]HaBHeR (friend, associate – Exodus 4:10).   חבה  [K]HeeBaH is love and חבב    [K]HoaBHeBH is to love (Deuteronomy 33:3).   And  חביב   [K]HaBHeeYBH (dear)   is a guttural shift from      אהוב AHOOBH (beloved). 

Back from  relationships to debt, חבלה     [K]HaBHoaLaH is a pledge  for a debt – Ezekiel 18:7.


In the Het-Bhet words above, [K]HeBHeL has a second subroot, Bet-Lamed – see   BALL. Het-Vav-Bhet reverses to Turkish borc (debt), whith the Vav /V, W, WR

 becoming just an R.  Irish f iach , debt, reverses the Edenic Het-Bhet (with mild letter shifts).    In Old Irish a fech eman is a debtor.  Reversing the bilabial-guttural  to resemble our Het-Bhet.

The AHD cites a Germanic root * ghobh which means “something paid.”  Old English gafo is a debt or tax. These חוב   [K]HOOBH   words are the  given sources of GAVEL (2).


Bible Verses

Ezekiel 18:7 ואישׁ לא יונה חבלתו חוב ישׁיב גזלה לא יגזל לחמו לרעב יתן ועירם יכסה־בגד׃

“and hath not wronged any, but hath restored his pledge for a debt, hath taken nought by robbery, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;”



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