"to say, speak to, exhort, blame," also "leave by will;" from be-
"to say," from P.Gmc. *kwethanan
, from PIE *gwel-
. Original sense of "say, utter" died out 13c., leaving legal sense of "transfer by will." Closely related to bequest
. "An old word kept alive in wills" [OED 1st ed.]. O.E. bequeðere
meant "interpreter, translator."