Why is it when you look up “elementary” they give you a Latin etymology, when “ELEM” is one of the Hebrew words for “young man”?
Original Word: עָ֫לֶם
Phonetic Spelling: (eh’-lem)
Short Definition: young man
It’s also interesting how I Sam 20:18 refers to the “Ezel stone”, but “Ezel” is never explained. This blog gives some explanation: http://www.uscj.org/israelcenter/haftarahEdit.php?id=354 or http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/E/EZEL/
Some sources suggest is means “Stone of Departure” – but no real explanation why. However, the Jewish Study Bible (JSB, newer Jewish Publication Society) translates I Sam 23: 28 as “the Rock of Separation” instead of “Sela Hammahlekoth”. The footnote says “Meaning of Hebrew is uncertain”.
There’s an interesting euphemism in I Sam 24:3:
KJV 1 Samuel 24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
JSB and NIV – And Saul went in to relieve himself…