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Grace – Hebrew: Chen


Chen in Hebrew means “to be gracious, considerate, to show favor when it is neither expected or deserved, generosity”

“The grace (favor) of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah be with your spirit” (Philippians 4:23, CJB).

“The grace (delight) of the Lord, Messiah Yeshua be with your spirit” (Philippians 4:23, NIV).

“But Noach found grace (consideration) in the sight of Adonai” (Genesis 6:8, CJB).

Adonai passed before him and proclaimed: “YUD-HEH-VAV-HEH!!! Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [Adonai] is God, merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in grace and truth…” (Exodus 34:6).

“Will ADONAI reject forever? Will he never show his favor again?  Has his grace permanently disappeared?  Is His word to all generations done away? … Then I add, ‘That’s my weakness – [supposing] the Most High’s right hand could change” (Psalm 77:9, CJB).

“Or do you suppose the Scripture speaks in vain when it says that there is a spirit in us which longs to envy? But the grace (delight) he gives in greater, which it why it says, “God opposes the arrogant, but to the humble he gives grace (pleasure)” (James 4:5-6, Proverbs 3:34).

Note:  Grace is found in the Old Testament as well as the New.  Chesed or grace (favor)  is an attribute of Adonai and not a change in how He deals with mankind.   There is no specific covenant of grace mentioned in the Scriptures as God has always dealt graciously with His people beginning with Adam and Eve until eternity.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Chet – ‘A Fence’ means ‘inner room (heart) or protect’

Noon – ‘A Fish’ means ‘life’

grace – heart of life

Greek – charis means that which bestows pleasure, delight, or causes favorable regard, to be in favor with

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