The verb le•a•metz means to adopt but it also has another meaning: to hug someone or something tight, close to one’s bosom. This description beautifully depicts the action of adopting someone. Adopting is one of the best human virtues on earth. To accept a stranger as your own child is a glorious and heroic action at the same time. It is actually saving a human being’s life (or an otherwise helpless animal).
Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the root of this word shares the same spelling as the word o•metz which means: bravery, courage, and valor.
me•oo•matz is the adopted person (or an animal).
These two words don’t appear in the Bible in this connotation but rather they means to strengthen.
The only reference of adoption we find in the name of Amaziah:
‘In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.’
The Hebrew name in this verse is actually A•matz•ya•hoo. It mean ‘he is adopted by God.’