From Middle English: valew, value, from Old French: value ( = Italian valuta), feminine past participle of valoir, from Latin: valēre (“be strong, be worth”), from Proto-Indo-European: *walh₂- (“to be strong”).
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French, noun use of feminine past participle (cf. valuta ) of valoir < Latin: valēre to be worth
c.1300, from Old French: value "worth, value" (13c.), noun use of fem. past participle of valoir "be worth," from Latin: valere "be strong, be well, be of value" (see valiant ).
Latin: valor, from valeo, to be worth.
Be strong, be worth, be well. Who knew value would align back to meanings of strength. Let's keep going further into the Latin roots.
I am strong; I am well, healthy; I am worth
From Proto-Indo-European: *wal- (“be strong”). Compare Welsh: gallu (“to be able”), Old Irish: flaith (“dominion”), Gaulish: walos (“ruler”), Lithuanian: valdyti (“to have power”), Proto-Slavic: *volstь (“to rule”), Old Norse: valdr (“ruler”), Old High German: -walt, -wald (“power”), Old English: wealdan (“to rule”), last part in English: herald.
Once again, we see meanings of strength as initial origins, but as the trail spirals up, we also notice "dominion, ruler, to rule and power". Very interesting to see value tied with the essence of royalty. It's also safe to say that an able bodied valuable person is balanced and strong in all three phases; mind, body (word to Flexafornia™) and soul. Go read our recent post on REAL for more clarity. The Proto-Indo-European root *wal- is law backwards too. We all know law is life and life is most definitely required to have any kind of true power or value in the real world. Moors are known to be the law enforcers (the embodiment/example of the law), literally mighty, strong and able/A Bull themselves. Go figure. If you take a closer look at the Old Irish word flaith, it has a VERY VERY VERY close resemblance to the word FAITH.
From Proto-Celtic: *wlatis (“sovereignty”); cognate with Welsh: gwlad (“country”).
lordship, sovereignty, rule
kingdom, realm (especially the Kingdom of Heaven)
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN????!!!! How AMAZING is this find! We'll just go ahead and say flaith is faith, so if that's the case, faith is THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Isn't faith the most important attribute a being needs to have in order to enter the most wonderful kingdom in the universe? Only the STRONGEST of faiths may enter into the Kingdom of Heaven like only those of the strongest will to live, love, laugh and be joyful can truly remain forever out here. Go figure multiplied by 13. Go read our post on SOVEREIGN as well for that full circle clarity.
This might be one of my favorite posts because it has taken us on a trip that was completely unexpected, yet welcomed. We've traveled from value to faith. If you've read our post on CONFIDENCE a while back, you'll see that's also a synonym of faith, though let's breakdown faith in more detail.
From Middle English: faith, fayth, feith, feyth (also fay, fey, fei ("faith"; English: fay (“faith”)), from Old French: fay, fey, fei, feit, feid (“faith”), from Latin: fidēs (faith, belief, trust; whence also English: fidelity), from fīdō (“trust, confide in”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European: *bʰidʰ-, zero-grade of Proto-Indo-European: *bʰeydʰ- ("to command, persuade, trust"; whence also English: bide).
Middle English: feith < Anglo-French: fed, Old French: feid, feit <Latin: fidem, accusative of fidēs trust, akin to fīdere to trust.
"duty of fulfilling one's trust," from Old French: feid, foi "faith, belief, trust, confidence, pledge", from Latin: fides "trust, faith, confidence, reliance, credence, belief", from root of fidere "to trust", from Proto-Indo-European root *bheidh-
Faith basically confirmed as a synonym of confidence, trust and belief. No surprise here, but for one reason or another, the word BIDE jumped out at me.
Middle English: biden, Old English: bīdan; cognate with Old Frisian: bīdia, Old Saxon: bīdan, Old High German: bītan, Old Norse: bītha, Gothic: beidan, Latin: fīdere, Greek: peíthesthai to trust, rely; Indo European: bheidh-; the meaning apparently developed: have trust, endure, wait, abide and remain
Old English: bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain", also "to trust, rely"(cognate with Old Norse: biða, Old Saxon: bidan, Old Frisian: bidia, Middle Dutch: biden, Old High German: bitan, Gothic: beidan "to wait"), apparently from Proto-Indo-European: *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English: biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust" (cf.Greek: peithein "to persuade", pistis "faith"; Latin: fidere "to trust", foedus "compact, treaty", Old Church Slavonic: beda "need").
From Middle English: biden, from Old English: bīdan (“to stay, continue, live, remain, delay; wait for, await, expect; endure, experience, find; attain, obtain; own”), from Proto-Germanic: *bīdaną (“to wait”), from Proto-Indo-European: *bʰeydʰ- (“to command, persuade, compel, trust”).
To have trust, endure, wait, abide, remain, to stay, continue, live, rely, to command, faith, compact, treaty, need, experience, attain, obtain and own. These meanings remind me of the essence and spirit of true patience. An attribute a royal heir (child of The Most Highs) must possess in order to receive blissings and success in this realm or the next. If we think a little deeper, patience is a form of strength in herself. In this world of monkey see, monkey do and microwave work ethic an expectations, patience is what separates the real from the fake. The real being the righteous children forever out here. Trees don't bear fruit over night either. It takes years for some trees to bear the fruits we all love to eat. There's a divine grace within these trees that exude patience at the highest level. It also takes 18 years for a child to become an adult. I'm sure we've all done things to test our Mother's and Father's patience while growing up. Takes a certain strength and faith to see anything worth having into fruition and beyond.
All in all, value truly means to be mighty, be strong, be powerful, be faithful, be confident, be trustworthy, be patient, be steadfast, be a child of The Most Highs, BE MOOR. We all know by now that Moor/Amore means love. In spirit, the only real value in life is 13Love. 13Love is the only currency that will never crash, inflate or lose value ever (will only increase). The type of energy/currency that can build a Kingdom and Empire that will never fall. Sounds a lot like Heaven. Powerful indeed. Funny how we now realize that real currency has nothing to do with paper money. Everything is commerce, only things with value will be able sail as the rest sink down in despair. True wealth is found within a sound mind, heart and soul.