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אֹבֵד

Reinier de Blois

(1) verb qal pt | ‏ אבד
(a) Non-Exist; Dead (State/Process)
= process of disappearing or being removed from existence; either by (a usually unnatural) death, aggression, hardship, disaster, natural processes, acts of destruction, or direct divine intervention; affected: human  - destruction  (NUM.24:20,24a)
     Life ; Aggression ; Destruction ; Punishment ; Well-Being [show/hide contextual meanings]
(b) Permanent
= process of having permanence along time, not being affected by normal causes of destruction; affected: a people  - enduring, permanent  (NUM.24:20,24)
     Life ; Time ; Posterity - (a people having) permanence (along time) (NUM.24:20,24b)

(a) HALOT; E.Jenni, THAT 1:18; B.Otzen, TWAT 1: 21). The overall meaning is not affected, since the phrase probably represents a question ("will it endure?") with a negative answer implied.
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