The opportunity to be offended presents itself every day in multiple forms. However, we should be difficult to offend and quick to forgive. The Bible speaks a lot about offenses. Therefore, I wanted to look up what the word offend means in Hebrew and Greek.

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

1. To attack; to assail.

2. To displease; to make angry; to affront. It expresses rather less than make angry, and without any modifying word, it is nearly synonymous with displease. We are offended by rudeness, incivility and harsh language. Children offend their parents by disobedience, and parents offend their children by unreasonable austerity or restraint.

The emperor was grievously offended with them who had kept such negligent watch.

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. Proverbs 18:19.

3. To shock; to wound; as, to offend the conscience.

4. To pain; to annoy; to injure; as, a strong light offends weak eyes.

5. To transgress; to violate; as, to offend the laws. But we generally use the intransitive verb in this sense, with against; to offend against the law.

6. To disturb, annoy, or cause to fall or stumble.

Great peace have they that love thy law, and nothing shall offend them. Psalms 119:165.

7. To draw to evil, or hinder in obedience; to cause to sin or neglect duty.”

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All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

– Matthew 24:10-12

What Does The Word ‘Offend’ Mean In Hebrew?

asham- to be guilty; to be punished.

bagad- to act treacherously.

chabal- to pervert, destroy.

mikshowl- stumbling block.

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What Does The Word ‘Offend’ Mean In Greek?

Matthew 42:10-12

ptaio- to trip up, stumble morally.

“I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.”

– Romans 11:11

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

– 2 Peter 1:10-11

skandalizo- to entrap, trip up.

This term is used to describe a stumbling block that has been put up in order to make another trip and fall. It’s used in the following ways:

  • to offend
  • to entice to sin
  • cause someone to begin to desert and distrust a person who he ought to trust and obey
  • to cause to fall away

A person who stumbles or gets their foot caught may feel annoyed. Therefore, this word can also mean:

  • to cause one displeasure
  • to make indignant.

“Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”

– 1 Corinthians 8:13

skandalon- snare.

A skandalon was the name of the part of a trap in which the bait was attached. In other words, it was the trap itself because it enticed the victim to it.

This term is used for anything that causes prejudice to arise or become a hindrance to others and cause them to fall. However, there are times when hinderance is a good thing and is used to stumble the wicked.

The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

– Matthew 13:41-42


In conclusion, offenses should be considered a trap set up by the enemy in order to get us to disobey God. Think about it. The Bible tells us to be angry, but sin not. However, if we’re easily offended it’ll make our chances of sinning increase. Therefore, quickly forgive those who wrong you and pray for them.

Anyway, that’s what the word offend means in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this article. Also, feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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