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Originally Posted by kwaw
BRYT may mean covenant or creation; YchYD is unity; a solitary or unique one (I have used it in the word lists under hermit you may remember as ‘solitary one’; Hayman in relation to this verse has translated it ‘unique one’); so for example we may translate BRYT YChYD as ‘covenant of unity’ or of ‘the Unique One’ or ‘creation of the Unique One’. MYLTh may mean ‘word’ or ‘circumcision’ depending on context [tongue, flesh] thus we have "word of the tongue and mouth and the circumcision of the flesh." The mouth [the letter PH] is of course exactly ‘in the middle’ of the three types of things whose names share the same three root letters sPr.
In terms of the wordplay, note also that SPR, as well as being the root of words for teacher [of the torah], letter, document, book [especially holy], text, writing, scribe, number, counting, declare, narrative etc; also means to cut, shear, shave. One may say that this is the core meaning, in that to write or to count is to make a mark, a cut; and that Yah in the SY carves, hewns, engraves.

Ergo, one of the readings of 'He created his universe with three SPRYM: BSPR VSPR VSPR' SPRYM could be three types of cut or things that cut, in context with carving we may just perhaps translate is as three chisels (though I think it is more probably types of cut than things that cut, alternatively it could be read as 'three books'): writing, counting and speech by which Yah carved out thirty-two wondrous paths of wisdom.

It also means a barber, hair-cutter [also scissors, shears]; and anything that has to do with servitors of the body, from barbers to cobblers, head to foot, of course has great symbolic significance. There is virtually a whole book of the zohar describing the hair of the head and beard of G-d; and we have the hair cutting story of Samson and Delilah.

Jastrow uses the example 'is there a man who puts the royal crown on his head without having his hair cut?' which is also a figurative reference to circumcision.

A word for the circumcised glans of the penis is aterah; which also means crown, which we may see referenced in the crown like top of the tower.

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