Posts Tagged ‘ahavah’

1 John 4:8 – Beloved

Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God. Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love.”

The Hebrew word for ‘love’ is ahavah and means ‘affection.’

The Greek word for ‘love’ is agape and means ‘long for, esteem.’

The Biblical definition of love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This definition is not only how we are to love others, but how God loves us. It is a relational love that understood only through experiencing God.

“Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not gloat over other people’s sins but takes its delight in the truth. Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures.”

The Greek word for ‘beloved’ comes from agape and means ‘unconditional love’ coming from Adonai.

The Hebrew word for ‘beloved’ comes from ahav and can mean ‘friend’ or ‘lover.’ ‘Beloved’ is used for the bride in the Song of Solomon while the Bridegroom is ‘Lover.’

The Hebrew word for ‘know’ is ידה or l’dat and means ‘experience.’

The Greek word for ‘know’ is ginosko and means ‘to come to know, recognize, perceive’ implying a relationship.

Bride of Messiah, let us be patient and kind to one another, not jealous or boastful, not proud, rude or selfish; because not keeping a record of wrongs or gloating over others’ sins is not easily angered, this love is from God; and everyone who takes delight in the truth s has God as his Father and experiences God. Those who do not love, are not in relationship with God; because God always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.”

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Love – Hebrew: Ahavah

Love is found 261 times in the Hebrew Scriptures; 239 times in the new testament.

אהבה

Ahavah in Hebrew means ‘love.’

The root of ahavah is ahav which means ‘to give.’  Dividing that root even further is av or a part of ‘abba’ meaning ‘father.’ Love or ahavah in Hebrew is the action of giving from a father and is the first revealing of a family; a father’s love begets the family.

“You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot” (Exodus 20:5-6, Complete Jewish Bible).

“Adonai your God is right there with you, as a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shout over you with joy” (Zehpaniah 3:17).

“I prayed to Adonai my God and made this confession: “Please, Adonai, great and fearsome God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot!” (Daniel 9:4).

Hebrew Word Pictures

א Alef – An Ox and means ‘first strength.’

ה Hey – A Window and means ‘behold’ or ‘reveal.’

ב Bet – A House and means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ה Hey – A Window and means ‘behold’ or ‘reveal.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for ahavah:  first strength reveals the family revealed.

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