Why would this be translated as a demon/goat?

I'm also unclear as to the lemma. Is seems unrelated. Is it שָׂעַר

  • The lemma is שָׂעִיר.
    – TKR
    May 20, 2017 at 19:49

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In Hebrew, one-letter prepositions are not separated from the next word by a space. The lamed in לַשְּׂעִירִם is a preposition and therefore not part of the word that interests you, which is


(the word has two yods), which is actually a homograph for two words:

  1. a pluralis tantum meaning 'showers' (rains).

  2. the plural of the word spelled sin ayin yod resh, which is an adjective meaning 'hairy, hirsute, pilose' and a noun meaning 'he-goat; satyr; goat demon'.

  • Sin ayin yod mem? Not resh? Jan 17, 2021 at 11:20
  • @JanusBahsJacquet undoubtedly a typo. I've corrected with an edit. Otherwise this answer seems very good
    – Tristan
    Jan 18, 2021 at 11:38
  • Yup. You see that root all over and not without spiritual overtones. Hairy billy goats for sacrifices but also Elijah being a "lord of hair" in Kings :) Jan 18, 2021 at 13:42
  • Indeed, a slip of the "pen." Thank you for correcting it.
    – Martin
    Jan 20, 2021 at 5:22

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