what exactly does the Hebrew word for violence (hamas) mean?

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In Genesis 16:5 Sarai used this word when complaining to Abraham about Hagar. There is no evidence of any physical force. However, normally, it means violence, and The Expositors Bible Commentary vol.7 p.383 says it "means a defiance of the law by one too strong to be brought into account." Q: In Hab 1:13, what exactly is moral evil? A: Scripture does not give a concise definition, but gives many descriptions. Here are some analogies. Evil is like a deceitful weight Weights were important in the ancient world for measuring out grain, salt, and other items of trade. Deuteronomy 25:15 and Leviticus 19:36 allude to this when they mention a perfect and just weight. Proverbs 11:1 and Proverbs 16:11 say a just weight is the Lords delight. Proverbs 20:10,23 and Micah 6:11 condemn people who use diverse and deceitful weights. So to understand evil, we have to understand that God is good, in the sense that He, as a Holy Creator, has set the standard for measuring goodness. Evil is like a hole ... more
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