HEBREW VERBS
QAL and NIPHAL STEMS


Active Passive Meaning
Qal Niphal Simple Statement

A.    These are merely simple statements in Hebrew.  In most passages these are the forms that are usually used.  There is no real significance to these, except if the writer creates a pattern of using the QAL/NIPHAL and then suddenly shifts to something else,  but that type of understanding is for the advanced student.  In this course these forms are treated as having no special significance.

B.    The difference between the two forms is that one is active and the other passive.

1.    Active Verbs:  The subject does the action of the verb.
 
I hugged my kids. = The subject "I" is doing the hugging.


2.    Passive Verbs: The subject receives the action of the verb.
 

I was hugged. = The subject "I" was receiving the hugs.

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