The first occurrence.
And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Gen 1:9
The primitive root.
Strong’s H413 אל el, a primitive particle meaning, “motion, toward.” The pictographs are aleph + lamed.
aleph א = the ox head, thus strength, power, leader
lamed ל = the shepherd’s staff, thus teach, yoke, to, bind
The story: The strength of the ox (aleph) under the yoke (lamed) is applied in motion toward a goal: plowing a furrow, or turning a grindstone or mill.
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