The word treasure is used multiple times in the Bible. That’s why I wanted to look up what the word treasure means in Hebrew and Greek.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
– Matthew 13:44
What Does The Word ‘Treasure’ Mean In Hebrew?
genaz- treasury storeroom.
matmown- secret storehouse; hidden riches
What Does The Word ‘Treasure’ Mean In Greek?
gaza- royal treasure.
“So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.“
– Acts 8:27-28
thesaurizo- to amass or reserve.
This word is used to speak of the laying up of treasure:
- on earth (Matthew 6:19)
- in heaven (Matthew 16:20)
- in the last days (James 5:3)
“On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”
– 1 Corinthians 16:2
Thesaurizo is also used metaphorically of laying up wrath (Romans 2:5). Also, in 2 Peter 3:7 it’s used to say that the heavens and earth as stored up for fire.
thesauros- wealth, what is stored.
“Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed [b]concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.“
– Matthew 13:52
In conclusion, the word treasure didn’t change much. That’s what the word treasure 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. As always, thanks for reading!
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The word for treasure in hebrew is segullah and it means personal possession that word is used only 8 times in the Bible. Really great study.