What Does The Word ‘Discern’ Mean In Hebrew and Greek?

Discern is definitely a Christian term and we hear it often. We hear we are to discern between good and evil and to recognize the times we are living in. Yet, I feel like many followers of Christ don’t have a full understanding of what this word entirely means. That’s why I want to look at what does the word discern means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

– Hebrews 4:12

What Does The Word ‘Discern’ Mean In Hebrew?

biyn- to understand; discern.

Biyn can mean to mentally separate or distinguish. It’s translated into the word ‘understand’ 62 times. Read more

What Does The Word ‘Carnal’ Mean In Greek?

Before I found Christ, I never heard of the word carnal or carnality. It wasn’t until I began reading my Bible that I came across this word. Using context clues, you can kind of get the idea of what it means. It’s usually used in contrast to the Spirit or the inner man. Many Christians may not know the full scope of this important word. That’s why I decided to research and share what the word carnal means in Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Carnal’ Mean In Greek?

sarkikos- pertaining to the flesh; bodily; temporal.

Sarkikos represents fleshly nature, sensual (controlled by human nature instead of the Holy Spirit), animal nature, and anything pertaining to the flesh. This word speaks of a human being who has weakness in spiritual warfare.

Also, it’s used to speak about the unspirituality of human wisdom.

“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”

– 2 Corinthians 10:4 Read more

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

If you’ve ever experienced a broken heart, you know there’s nothing like it. You really feel a pain in your chest that hurts so deep. Your entire life gets thrown out of whack and it’s difficult to find any good reason to get out of bed. It can feel like you’ve hit a roadblock and you just can’t figure out how to get back on track. I wanted to look at what the bible says about brokenheartedness and find out what does the word brokenhearted mean in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Brokenhearted’ Mean In Hebrew?

The Hebrew language combines two words to describe the word ‘brokenhearted’ (just like we do). The two words they combine is shabar and leb.

shabar- to burst.

Shabar is the common word typically used to describe the breaking of things. It’s used in to tell the breaking of the following things: Read more

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

Brimstone and fire is associated with the judgment of God upon those who have turned away from Him. However, brimstone is a word we no longer use. That’s why I wanted to check what the word brimstone means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.”

– Genesis 19:24

What Does The Word ‘Brimstone’ Mean In Hebrew?

gophriyth- sulfur. 

This word is translated in brimstone seven times.

What Does The Word ‘Brimstone’ Mean In Greek?

theion- sulfur. 

Theion originally indicated “fire from heaven.” Read more

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

What do you think of when you hear the word blaspheme? After getting saved, I imagined it to mean speaking evil or lies against God. While it does mean that, there are some other meanings behind the original words in scripture. That’s why I want to look at what does the word blaspheme means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Blaspheme’ Mean In Hebrew?

barak- to bless God (as an act of adoration) or to curse.

Barak means “blessed; to blessed; curse; to kneel.” The first occurrence of this word is found in Genesis 1:22. God blessed Adam and Eve telling them to be fruitful and multiply.

God blesses many nations through Abraham and his seed. He does this either through His representatives or directly. He’s the subject of this verb over 100 times. Read more

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