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

I wanted to look up what the word sinner means in Hebrew and Greek so that I can share it with you.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Sinner’ Mean In Hebrew?

chata- to sin.

As a verb, chata means “to miss, sin, be guilty, forfeit, or purify.”

The word’s basic meaning and chief usage are to indicate moral failure toward both God and man and the consequences of such actions. It’s also used to speak of those who pervert justice.

“Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.”

– Joshua 7:11 Read more

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

Many people try to avoid using the word sin when speaking of wrongdoings in order not to offend the person they’re speaking about. However, if you know what the word means then you can feel comfortable calling out sin for what it is. That’s why I wanted to look up what the word sin means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Sin’ Mean In Hebrew?

asham- guilt; guilt offering; offense; gift of restitution; gift of atonement.

This word occurs 46 times in Hebrew. However, the most frequent use of this word is ‘guilt offering.’

And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing; and he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord for his sin which he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin.

– Leviticus 5:5-6

This was a special sin offering that was to be offered when someone has been denied what was rightly due to them. The amount was to be paid plus an additional 20%.

Usually, the guilt offering was done with a ram or a male lamb. Read more

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

Our righteousness as believers comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. When He died on the cross, He traded His righteousness for our sin and left us without the penalty of our sins. On the other hand, self-righteousness gets in the way of our growth with God. Those who believe they can earn their way into heaven skip out on the gracious mercy of Christ. Therefore, let’s take a look at what the word righteousness means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Righteousness’ Mean In Hebrew?

tsedeq- right.

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

As Christians, we know the importance of repenting. If we never repented of our sins and accepted Jesus Christ as the sacrifice that paid for our sins, we would never have known God. However, the word repent is more than just the feeling of regret. Therefore, let’s take a look at what the word repent means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Repent’ Mean In Hebrew?

nacham- to be sorry; to pity, rue.

This word is translated “to repent” 41 times and “to comfort” 57 times in the Old Testament.

To repent means to make a strong turn toward a new course of action. The emphasis is more on ‘turning to a positive course of action’ rather than ‘turning from a less desirable course.’

Comfort comes from two different words:

  • com- with
  • fort- strength

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

The word reject is used many times in scripture. That’s why I wanted to look up what the word reject means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Reject’ Mean In Hebrew?

ma’ac- to spurn, to disappear.

This word means to reject, refuse, despise. Since God will not force anyone to follow His will, there are times when He must reject that person.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

– Hosea 4:6 Read more

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

The word rebuke is one commonly used among Christians. That’s why I wanted to research what the word rebuke means in Hebrew and Greek.

But first, let’s look at the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word rebuke:

“To chide; to reprove; to reprehend for a fault; to check by reproof.

The proud he tam’d, the penitent he cheer’d, not to rebuke the rich offender fear’d.

Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor. Leviticus 19:17.

2. To check or restrain.

The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan. Zechariah 3:2. Isaiah 17:13.

3. To chasten; to punish; to afflict for correction.

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger. Psalms 6:1.”

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