Fret is a word that’s uncommon in today’s world. However, the word fret is used over and over again in the Old Testament. I remember I thought that it meant to worry about something. Yet, that’s not true at all. It’s a much more heated emotion than worry. Let’s take a look at what the word fret means in Hebrew.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

– Psalm 37:7

What Does The Word ‘Fret’ Mean In Hebrew?

charah- to blaze up.

This word means “to get angry, be angry.” In its basic sense, it refers to the “burning of anger” found in the following scripture:

“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.”

– Jonah 4:1

However, charah can also mean to become heated with work or with a zeal for work.

Related: What Does The Word ‘Evildoer’ Mean In Hebrew and Greek?

qatsaph- to burst out in rage.

As a verb, qatsaph means “to be wroth, angry.” The general meaning of the word is a strong emotional outburst of anger.

This word is used eleven times to describe man’s anger and eighteen times to refer to God’s anger.

“For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the Lord was angry with you, to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me at that time also.”

– Deuteronomy 9:19

ra’am- to crash thunder; to irritate; to be violently agitated.


For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations,
And His fury against all their armies;
He has utterly destroyed them,
He has given them over to the slaughter.

– Isaiah 34:2

Contrary to what I previously thought, the word fret is a wave of burning anger. It can lead to violence and crime. The bible is very clear about us not fretting over evildoers and trusting the Lord for our justice.

That’s what the word fret means in Hebrew. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

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