Redeem – Hebrew: Gaal


Gaal is the Hebrew word for ‘redemption’ and means ‘to deliver’ or ‘act as a kinsman.’ The word ‘redemption’ is found 112 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. Boaz was a kinsman redeemer for Naomi, but married Ruth (Ruth 3:12).

“I prayed to Adonai ; I said, ‘Adonai Elohim! Don’t destroy your people, your inheritance! You redeemed them through your greatness, you brought them out of Egypt with a strong hand!” (Deuteronomy 9:26, Complete Jewish Bible).

“Break out into joy! Sing together, you ruins of Yerushalayim! For Adonai has comforted his people, he has redeemed Yerushalayim!” (Isaiah 52:9).

“May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in your presence, Adonai, my Rock and Redeemer” (Psalm 19:15).

“Now these are your servants, your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and strong hand” (Nehemiah 1:10).

Hebrew Word Pictures

ג Gimel – A Camel means ‘lift up’ or ‘pride.’

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

ל Lamed – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘to urge forward.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for gaal: lift up the first strength urging forward.

The Greek word for ‘redemption’ is exagorazo means ‘to buy as like purchasing a slave and giving him freedom.’

“But we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free” (Romans 8:23).

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