Jehovah-Rapha is a popular and extremely important name of God. It means “The God Who Heals” and that’s a perfect way to describe the Lord. When the Lord Jesus came to Earth, He healed many people and even rose Lazarus from the dead. Today, He continues to heal those who seek His face and live by His word. That’s why I wanted to look up what the word heal means in Hebrew and Greek.

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Heal’ Mean In Hebrew?

rapha- to cure, heal.

Rapha means restoration to normal, an act which God performs. This word is not only used to describe the healing of human disease but of other things as well.

For example, in 2 Kings 2:22, bad water is restored to normal or ‘healed’.

Also, in Ezekiel 47:8, saltwater is healed and made fresh.

On a larger scale, entire nations can be healed. However, such healing requires the nation’s repentance.

Repentance and healing can be caused by divine discipline.

Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.”

– Hosea 6:1

Jeremiah condemned the false prophets because they didn’t truly heal people. They only dealt with the symptoms and not the deep spiritual hurts of the people.

They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
When there is no peace.”

– Jeremiah 6:14


What Does The Word ‘Heal’ Mean In Greek?

diasozo- to cure, preserve, rescue.

therapeuo- to relieve disease.

iaomai- to cure, heal.

Iamoai is used 22 times in the New Testament. It’s used in the following ways:

  • of physical treatment
  • “made whole” (Matthew 15:28; Acts 9:34)
  • spiritual healing (Matthew 13:15; John 12:40; Acts 28:27; Hebrews 12:13; 1 Peter 2:24)

“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”

– John 12:40

iasis- curing.

“For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.”

– Acts 4:22


In conclusion, the word heal has a deep meaning in the sense that it completely heals the one who is afflicted. God’s healing is still available today to those who are in need. Never hesitate to ask the Lord to touch you and remove your affliction.  Stay in constant prayer and seek God’s face. Obey His word.

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