Stem Poal


The Poal is a rare stem formation that is similar to the Pual. It expresses the passive voice of the Poel stem.


The Poal stem is a variation of the Pual and expresses the passive voice of the verbal action of the Poel. The Poal stem is formed from the Pual by a vowel change. It is an extremely rare stem formation in Biblical Hebrew.


It is recommended to always check a dictionary or lexicon for the meaning of a specific verb, because this stem may express many different kinds of action in different contexts.


The Poal stem appears exactly the same as the Poel stem in all conjugations; only the 3rd-person masculine singular forms are different.


Poal Paradigm
Conjugation Parsing Hebrew Transliteration Gloss
Perfect masculine singular third person הוֹלַל holal he is humiliated
Imperfect masculine singular third person יְהוֹלַל yeholal he will be humiliated
Participle masculine singular absolute מְהוֹלָל meholal being humiliated / he who is humiliated


Example: JER 12:2
נְטַעְתָּם֙ גַּם־שֹׁרָ֔שׁוּ
neta’tam gam-shorashu
you-plant-them also_they-took-root
You planted them and they took root.