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By Jeff A. Benner

You're walking down the street in Jerusalem and you accidently bump into another person. What do you say? Slihhah! (the "hh" is pronounced hard like the "ch" in the name Bach). The Hebrew "slihhah" is equivalent to the English "sorry" or "pardon." It is derived from the verb סלח (S.L.Hh, Strong's #5545) meaning "forgive" or "pardon."

For thy name's sake, O Jehovah, Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great. (ASV, Psalm 25:11)

While the word slihhah is a modern Hebrew word for "sorry" it is also a Biblical Hebrew word meaning "forgiveness" and is found in three passages; Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 130:4 and Daniel 9:9.

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