Wickedness – Hebrew: Rasha

רשע

Rasha is a Hebrew word that means ‘guilty of hostility to God.’ To be rasha means to be so morally wrong that one is condemned. Rasha is found 384 times in the Hebrew Scriptures.

“Remember your servants Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov! Don’t focus on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or on their sin” (Deuteronomy 9:27).

“Then once again you will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the person who serves God and one that doesn’t serve him” (Malachi 3:18).

“Let the wicked person abandon his way and the evil person his thoughts; let him return to Adonai, and he will have mercy on him; let him return to our God, for he will freely forgive” (Isaiah 55:7).

Hebrew Word Pictures

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for rasha: highest authority destroys understanding.

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