The Bible uses the word impossible quite a few times in regard to different situations. That’s why I wanted to look up what the word impossible means in Hebrew and Greek.
But first, let’s take a look at the definition of the word impossible according to the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary:
“1. That cannot be. It is impossible that two and two should make five, or that a circle and a square make five, or that a circle and a square should be the same thing, or that a thing should be, and not be at the same time.
2. Impracticable; not feasible; that cannot be done.
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26.”
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does The Word ‘Impossible’ Mean In Greek?
adunateo- to be impossible; unable.
It’s used of things that are:
- nothing to a believer (Matthew 17:20)
- nothing with God (Luke 1:37)
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
– Matthew 17:20 KJV
adunatos- weak; impossible.
“Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!”
– Luke 17:1 KJV
As you can see, the word impossible hasn’t changed much throughout the different translations. Yet, the Bible says that the things that are impossible to man are not impossible with God. God can do anything. His ways are higher than our own. That’s why you can trust Him with your request and your life.
That’s what the word impossible means in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
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