In the modern world, a lot of people try to paint Christians as being hateful towards others. However, if you’re a Christian then you know that’s not the case. The word hate is a very strong word. That’s why I want to take a look at what the word hate means in Hebrew and Greek.
But first, I’ll show you the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word ‘hate’:
“1. To dislike greatly; to have a great aversion to. It expresses less than abhor, detest, and abominate, unless pronounced with a peculiar emphasis.
How long will fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22.
Blessed are ye when men shall hate you. Luke 6:22.
The Roman tyrant was contented to be hated, if he was but feared.
2. In Scripture, it signifies to love less.”
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All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does The Word ‘Hate’ Mean In Hebrew?
satam- to persecute.
sane- to hate.
This word represents an emotion ranging from intense hatred to “set against” a person or thing, which is a much weaker form of the word.
The strong sense shows the emotion of jealousy.
“But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.”
– Genesis 37:4
Satam covers a wide range of emotions from bitter disdain to outright hatred. In a weaker sense, it means being set against something.
In Deuteronomy 22:16, it’s used to mean “unloved.”
What Does The Word ‘Hate’ Mean In Greek?
miseo- to detest, to love less.
As a verb, it means ‘to hate’. It’s used in the following ways:
- of malicious and unjustifiable feelings toward others (Matthew 10:22; Luke 6:22; John 3:20)
- hatred or having been hated of a right feeling of aversion from what is evil
“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
– 1 John 3:15
Hate in the Bible can speak of many different emotions. It can be intense hatred or simply loving something less than others. All in all, the Bible tells us to love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Love is the fulfillment of the law, but hating sin is just. That’s because sin works against God’s will and tears down things that God loves.
That’s what the word hate means in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
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