What Does The Word ‘Exalt’ Mean In Hebrew And Greek?

The Bible repeatedly warns us to not have a haughty, prideful, or arrogant spirit. But instead, be humble and God will help us. Matthew 23:12 teaches us, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” However, what does the word ‘exalt’ mean in Hebrew and Greek? Since we no longer us this language, what exactly was God warning us against?

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Exalt’ Mean In Hebrew?

gabahh- to be lofty; to be haughty.

As an adjective, this word means, “to be high, lofty, exalted.” It used many times to describe all sorts of things. For example, the heavens (in Job 35:5), a tree (in Ezekiel 19:11), and a man (in 1 Samuel 10:23). In Job 36:7, it means “to be exalted” in honor and dignity. Gabahh can be used in a positive sense (such as in 2 Chronicles 17:6) or a negative sense of “being proud or haughty”.

“He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
But they are on the throne with kings,
For He has seated them forever,
And they are exalted.”

– Job 36:7 Read more

What Does The Word ‘Edify’ Mean In Greek?

In the New Testament, we are taught the importance of edification. But what does it mean to edify one another? I feel like this is a word we’ve lost in language progression. Yet, it’s a very important one to understand. Therefore, let’s look at what the word ‘edify’ means in Greek.

First off, let’s look at the definition from the 1828 Websters Dictionary.

“Edifying- Building up in christian knowledge; instructing; improving the mind.”

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Edify’ Mean In Greek?

oikodomeo- to contruct, edify.

oikodome- edification. Read more

What Does The Word ‘Affirm’ Mean In Greek?

People love to talk about affirmations and how they work. I’ll be honest, they do work. It’s a great way to receive God’s promises and stay focused while you wait. That’s why I thought, “What does the word ‘affirm’ mean in Greek?” It turns out that this isn’t a word that was used in the Old Testament, which is why there are no Hebrew words for it.

Since we’re only going to look at the Greek translation, I also want to look at the 1828 Websters Dictionary definition:

“1. To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to declare the existence of something; to maintain as true; opposed to deny.

Of one Jesus whom Paul affirmed to be alive. Acts 25:19.

2. To make firm; to establish, confirm or ratify; as, the Supreme court affirmed the judgment.” Read the full definition here. Read more

What Does The Word “Adultery” Mean In Hebrew And Greek?

Adultery isn’t really a word we use in today’s world. We may say, “This person cheated on their spouse.” However, they mean the same things and God takes adultery very seriously. Before we look at what the word adultery means in Hebrew and Greek, I want to look at the 1828’s definition.

1. Violation of the marriage bed; a crime, or a civil injury, which introduces, or may introduce, into a family, a spurious offspring…

In common usage, adultery means the unfaithfulness of any married person to the marriage bed…

2. In a scriptural sense, all manner of lewdness or unchastity, as in the seventh commandment.

3. In scripture, idolatry, or apostasy from the true God. Jeremiah 3:8.

4. In old laws, the fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery”

Read the full definition of adultery here. Read more

What Does The Word “Abomination” Mean In Hebrew And Greek?

What does the word abomination mean in Hebrew and Greek

I certainly believe that the word abomination has gotten such a bad reputation in today’s culture. It’s wielded as a sword by those who are against Christians to try to prove that somehow we are a ‘hate group’. As a Christian, it was a word I avoided. However, the truth is the word is used multiple times in the bible and it’s important that we know its true meaning. So I asked the question, “What does the word “abomination” mean in Hebrew and Greek?”

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word “Abomination” Mean In Hebrew?

baash- to smell bad; to be offensive. This word is translated 10 times into “stink”.

pigguwl- to stink. For example, to be unclean ceremonially is abominable.

shiqquwts- disgusting; filthy; idolatrous or an idol. Shiqquwts is translated into “abomination” 20 times and “detestable things” 5 times. Mostly, this word is used to express God’s hatred of the entire system of idolatry.

shaqats- an idolatrous object.

sheqets- an idolatrous object.

tow’ebah- something disgusting; an abhorrence; idolatry; an idol. This Hebrew word is translated into “abomination” 113 times. Read more

What Does The Word “Reconcile” Mean In Hebrew And Greek?

The Christian faith wouldn’t exist without the reconciliation that was provided for us through Christ Jesus. Because of His sacrifice, we are now reunited with God the Father and can have fellowship with Him. Today, I want to look at the word reconcile in both Hebrew and Greek. This should give us a better picture of what it truly means to be reconciled unto God.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word “Reconcile” Mean In Hebrew?

kaphar- to cover; to atone or condone; to placate or cancel.

The most basic meaning of this word expresses a material transaction or a ransom. There are times when kaphar is used that a man is the main subject. Read more