West Semitic, to help, deliver, save.1.a.b. Elisha, from Hebrew ʾĕlîšāʿ, God (is) salvation, from *yāšāʿ, salvation (exact form uncertain; related to yēšaʿ, salvation, see below; ʾĕl, God, see ʾl). Both a and b from *yāšaʿ, to save (< *waṯaʿa);c.i hosanna, from Hebrew hôšaʿ-nāʾ, from hôšaʿ, deliver, save, imperative of hôšîaʿ, to deliver, save (< *hawṯiʿa), derived stem of *yāšaʿ (see above; nāʾ, injunctive particle);2. Isaiah, from Hebrew yəšaʿyāhû, salvation of Yahweh, from yəšaʿ, reduced form of yēšaʿ, salvation (yāhû, Yahweh; see hwy).
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