The word horrible in the Bible means the same as it does today. However, I still wanted to look up what the word horrible means in Hebrew. There are quite a few words that are translated into the English word “horrible” from the Hebrew languages. They have a few different meaning and we’ll get to them in just a moment.

But first, let’s take a look at the definition for horrible in the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary:

“Exciting or tending to excite horror; dreadful; terrible; shocking; hideous; as a horrible figure or sight; a horrible story.”

“Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.”

– Psalm 11:6 KJV

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word ‘Horrible’ Mean In Hebrew?

zal’aphah- glow; famine.

sha’own- uproar; destruction.

sha’arwrah- something fearful.

“I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.”

– Jeremiah 23:14


As I said, there’s not much difference in the translation of the word horrible in Greek. Nevertheless, I think it’s extremely important that we become familiar with the Hebrew and Greek words of the ancient texts. Some words paint a more descriptive picture in the original text, which is why I do these posts. If you’re interested, here are two other posts similar to this one:

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“I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.”

– Hosea 6:10

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