The Hebrew word “gadal” גָּדַל (H1431 – gä·dal) means “to grow, become great or important, promote, make powerful, praise, magnify or be magnified, and/or to do great things.”
The picture we have here is “the gathering and binding movement.” It is the literal creation of rope, building it by the twisting of the threads to form the finished cord or rope, thus the idea of increasing, growing, and/or becoming great. The Spiritual application for us today: like the rope, we must layer ourselves with continuous spiritual growth until we are strong of faith and able to withstand tribulation and trial.
First instance of “gadal”
Beresheit (Genesis) 12:2-3:
(2) I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you, and make your name great. You will be a blessing.
(3) I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. In you will all of the families of the eretz (Earth/lands) be blessed.”
Other Words derived from “gadal”
– “gadol” גָּדוֹל (H1419 – gä·dōle) meaning “to become great, enlarge, high” – Kohen HaGadol meaning High Priest
– “migdol” מִגְדּוֹל (H4024 – mig·dōle) meaning “tower or city”
– “Magdala” – The nickname give to one of the Miriyams, Mary Magdalene, in the Brit cHadashah (New Testament) who accompany the Messiah. The town of Magdala, or Magaden in some versions, is located just north of the town of Tiberius on Lake Kinnereth/Sea of Galilee and means “tower, elegant, magnificent.”