There is a spirit of perverseness running around this world. However, in order to understand and recognize the tactics of this enemy, we must understand what the word means. That’s why I want to look at what the word pervert means in Hebrew and Greek.
But first, let’s take a look at what the definition of the word pervert is according to the 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary:
“1. To turn from truth, propriety, or from its proper purpose; to distort from its true use or end; as, to pervert reason by misdirecting it; to pervert the laws by misinterpreting and misapplying them; to pervert justice; to pervert the meaning of an author; to pervert nature; to pervert truth.
2. To turn from the right; to corrupt.
He in the serpent had perverted Eve.”
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does The Word ‘Pervert’ Mean In Hebrew?
natah- to stretch or spread out.
This term expresses to extend something outward and toward someone or something.
“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”
– Exodus 6:6
Also, it can mean to stretch out, but not toward anything (like a shadow stretches out toward nothing). In human relationships, it can be used to describe seduction (Proverbs 7:21).
calaph- to wrench; to subvert.
avath- to wrest, twist.
aqash- to know or distort; to pervert.
shanah- to fold; to transmute.
What Does The Word ‘Pervert’ Mean In Greek?
diastrepho- to be morally corrupt.
metastrepho- to transmute; corrupt.
This term means to transform into something of the opposite character. It’s used in the following ways:
- the Judaizers perverting the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:7)
- laughter into mourning and joy to heaviness (James 4:9)
- the sun into darkness (Acts 2:20)
“Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.”
– James 4:9
All in all, the word pervert means to change something from its natural form or to stretch something out. That’s what the word pervert 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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