Patience is very important to the born again believer in Christ. Firstly, it’s one of the fruits of the Spirit and the Lord expects us to grow in it. Also, when patience is developed it can save us from a lot of disturbances. For example, many short-tempered people are upset and angry all the time (in a state of suffering) because they have not mastered this God-given skill. So let’s take a look at what the word patient means in Hebrew and Greek.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does The Word ‘Patient” Mean In Hebrew?
What Does The Word ‘Patient” Mean In Greek?
This word means patiently forbearing evil.
“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.“
– 2 Timothy 2:24-26
epieikes- mild, gentle.
This term expresses when a person can look reasonably at facts of a cast and have consideration for all in question. It’s also used to describe someone who is patient or gentle. Plus, it’s considered a quality of wisdom from above.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
– James 3:17
makrothumeo- to be forbearing, patient.
This word is to be of a long spirit. It means to not lose heart, to be brave while enduring misfortunes and troubles, and to be patient while bearing offenses and injuries of others. In addition to these, it means to be slow in avenging, long-suffering, and slow to punish. In other words, it means to be long-tempered. It’s translated in the following ways:
- to be patient (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
- bear long with (Luke 18:7)
- to have patience (Matthew 18:26)
- have long patience (James 5:7)
- be longsuffering (2 Peter 3:9)
hupomeno- undergo, bear trials; to bear up courageously under suffering.
“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.“
– Matthew 10:22
hupomone- perseverance; an abiding under.
Once again, developing patience should be a priority to a believer. However, growing this skill is not always enjoyable and is something that has to be endured.
That’s the meaning of the word patient in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you enjoyed this article. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
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Thanks Ariel. I am writing myself a to do list for showing love and patience is first on my list. I found the comment “in a state of suffering more frequently than I would like to be” – so I have put it on my list as a reminder.
May God bless your ministry. 💜