What does "Elohim, Essaim... Elohim, Essaim I implore you" mean?

  • In episode 4 of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April), Kaori says a prayer "Elohim, Essaim... Elohim, Essaim I implore you" before the performance. What does it mean?

    Not sure if this is directly relevant, but the main character in *Akuma-kun*, uses this phrase, too.

  • Both of the words "Elohim" and "Essaim" could be meaning a variety of things. But my speculation goes as follows:

    From this Reddit thread:

    A similar phrase occurs in the Book of Black Magic and in the Italian Il Grand Grimoire. A couple translations and transcriptions later, we end up with this.

    "Eloim" is "God" or "Powers", "Essaim" might be "Locusts" or "Swarm".
    I'm thinking that she's offering her soul to the devil/the angels/god in exchange for being able to captivate her audience.

    This isn't Faust; it's not a serious treatment of pacts. The Japanese adore Christian mythology, similar to how the West adores Eastern mythology. In effect, she's doing the same thing as someone in a Western work invoking his "chi" or whatever. (It's shōnen; teenage boys love foreign mysticism.)

    I have studied Hebrew for 2 years and "Elohim" does not mean "powers" according to any definition I've seen. Please give a reference if you have one.

    @seijitsu I did, it's called the "Book of Black Magic" and the "Il Grand Grimoire".

    @seijitsu BTW I'm from israel, so I think it's fair to say that I'm positive to recognize this as a synonym.

    Okay, can you point me to a dictionary entry that explains this as being a synonym?

    @seijitsu This is one example: http://www.hebrew-streams.org/works/monotheism/context-elohim.html "The oldest Semitic word meaning "God" is El. Linguists believe its base meaning is strength or power."

    Oh, that's the same site I linked to, but for linguists to say that they believe that the base of the oldest word is "power" doesn't equate to the derived word "Elohim" being a synonym for "powers" or "power." Is there another place on that page which gives "powers" as a current definition rather than as the background root?

    There's another example in the Hanafuda video game "Youkai Hana Asobi" (PlayStation, 2001, by Unblance) which has a unique game mode called "Eloim Essaim"

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