Qavah, H6960 קָוָה, is a Hebrew word meaning “to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).”

waiting hebrew

 The pictographical meaning we see above is looking towards a point when everything comes together. For instance, when the early Hebrews would begin set up their tents, the focus would be progressing to the point of completion, for you can’t sleep in the tent until it is up. Thus you can see the picture why waiting or enduring comes into play – much like our Heavenly Father knows the “end from the beginning,” we too must be prepared to look to the end of all things with patience and endurance as He has since the beginning.
The first time the word qavah appears is in Beresheit (Genesis) Chapter 1 verse 9 –
Beresheit (Genesis) 1:9: Yahweh said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear,” and it was so.
– Literally, the waters were “revealed to be securely condensed” into one place. An observer would look to a fixed point in time where the action would take place, thus the concept of waiting, looking, and tarrying. 
– Waiting or enduring to the end is an important concept, not only for the Hebrew peoples of biblical time, but also for us awaiting the return of our Moshiach Yahushua and the promises of Our Abba Yahweh.
Here are some scripture verses that speak to that point:
Tehellim (Psalms) 25:3-5:
(3) Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed. They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
(4) Show me your ways, Yahweh. Teach me your paths.
(5) Guide me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the Elohim of my salvation, I wait for you all day long.
Tehellim (Psalms) 25:20-21:
(20) Oh keep my soul, and deliver me. Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.
(21) Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Tehellim (Psalms) 37:7-9:
(7) Rest in Elohim, and wait patiently for him. Don’t fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.
(8) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Don’t fret, it leads only to evildoing.
(9) For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for Elohim shall inherit the land.
Tehellim (Psalms) 37:34: Wait for Elohim, and keep his way, And he will exalt you to inherit the land. When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
Tehellim (Psalms) 40:1: I waited patiently for Yahweh. He turned to me, and heard my cry.
Tehellim (Psalms) 130:5: I wait for Elohim. My soul waits. I hope in his word.
Mishlé (Proverbs) 20:22: Don’t say, “I will pay back evil.” Wait for Elohim, and he will save you
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 25:9: It shall be said in that day, Behold, this is our Elohim; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is Yahweh; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his yeshu`ah (salvation/saving).
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 26:8: Yes, in the way of your judgments, Yahweh, have we waited for you; to your name, even to your memorial name, is the desire of our soul.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 33:2: Yahweh, be gracious to us; we have waited for you: be our arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 40:28-31:
(28) Have you not known? have you not heard? The everlasting Yahweh our Elohim, the Creator of the ends of the eretz, doesn’t faint, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding.
(29) He gives power to the faint; and to him who has no might he increases strength.
(30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
(31) but those who wait for Elohim shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
  Waiting is a very important concept in the Scriptures: one of self-sacrifice and endurance until the end. Yahweh’s promises will be fullfilled in their own time and own season, so until then, we must wait patiently on Our Elohim – we will not be sorry we did. I pray that this word study helps you in your understanding in the Scriptures. May you be blessed while you wait on Him!
Shalom Aleichem!

3 thoughts on “Waiting

  1. Hi I have been researching this word for some time and would love to have it tattooed on my wrist as a reminder I was wondering if you could please provide me with the proper format to write this word it would be of great assistance thank you.


    1. While I would remind you that the scriptures command us not to make cuttings into our flesh, I will leave that up to your discretion as to your faith and following. My point is not command as if I have authority do so, but to witness to the truth. If you must get a tattoo, the word qavah, as was written in the waiting study, has the proper Hebrew letters and vowel points. Remember that Hebrew is read and written right to left, not left to right like English or any Latin/Greek derived language. So while we read it in English Quph- Vav-Heh, the writing in Hebrew in the same orientation is heh-vav-quph. I hope this helps.


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