NIKUDNational Institute of Kidney and Urologic Diseases
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Nikud is used in the Bible, prayer books, in children's works, as well as in poetry where meter is important.
Only by using nikud can the reader instantaneously (and correctly) read the word.
When the Hebrew reader sees a verb without nikud such as nMKR he must know immediately from the context whether the word is niMKoR (we will sell), or niMKar (it was sold).