The original word for 'bone' is
which conveys the action of something binding beside, thus stiffening completely, taken from the
at the beginning of the root meaning 'ascend' and
at the end of the root meaning 'beside', with the added nuance of
Picture it this way. If your body had no bones, you would be a blob on the floor. Bones add stiffness to your body, allowing you to be upright. This is true for every creature that has bones.
An interesting word that also comes from this is the word 'counsel', which is
. Counsel is that which works or activates
stiffness and uprightness in the form of verbal communication.
This is also true of an
, the word for 'tree'. The letters describe anything that binds beside something providing stiffness and uprightness to it.
Perhaps this is why the righteous are likened to trees. :)