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Iniquity – Hebrew: Avon


The Hebrew word avon means ‘guilt.’

According to the New American Standard Bible, iniquity is found 192 times in the Hebrew Scriptures; guilt 172 time in the Complete Jewish Bible. It is iniquity in the heart that causes sinful behavior. After King David sinned with Bat Sheva, he was so grieved with his guilt and the iniquity in his heart that he asked Adonai not to take His Holy Spirit from him. Yeshua taught that lust (iniquity in the heart) births the sin of adultery; anger (iniquity in the heart) births the sin of murder. There is double punishment for iniquity that not only includes guilt, but also the punishment that comes from being guilty.

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity [guilt] And cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2).

“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity [guilt] of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me …” (Deuteronomy 5:9).

“We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet Adonai laid on him the guilt [iniquity] of all of us” (Isaiah 53:6).

“But he repays them as their guilt [iniquity] deserves; he will cut them off with their own evil; Adonai our God will cut them off” (Psalm 94:23).

Hebrew Word Pictures

א Ayin – An Eye and means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

ו Vav – A Nail and means ‘binding.’

ו Vav – A Nail and means ‘binding.’

ן Nun – A Fish and means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for avon: understand the binding bondage in life.

In Greek, the word for iniquity is anomia, the same word for ‘lawless’ or without the commands of God. The commands of God are found in Torah, the first five books of the Bible.

“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you! you taught in our streets!’ and he will tell you, ‘I don’t know where you’re from. Get away from me, all you workers of wickedness [anomia, lawlessness]!’ You will cry and grind your teeth when you see Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya‘akov and all the prophets inside the Kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside. (Luke 13:27) Complete Jewish Bible

“And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity [lawless]; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6) New American Standard Version

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Lawless – Greek: Anomia

The word ‘law’ is not specifically used in the Hebrew Scriptures so the word for ‘lawless’ is used for those who are wicked.  To be without ‘law’ is to be considered wicked. Rejecting Torah makes a person wicked and lawless.

“Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:23).

In Greek anomia means without law or lawless, iniquity, the attempt to overthrow divine government.

Vines Expository Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words: “In 1 John 3:4 there is the real meaning of the word, ‘everyone that doeth sin (a practice not a committal of an act) doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.  This definition of sin sets forth its essential character as the rejection of the nomia or will of God ‘law’ and the substitution of the will of self.”

The rejection of the ‘will of God’ is the rejection of God’s Torah. This rejection is considered lawlessness.

“Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah” (1 John 3:4, Complete Jewish Bible).

Paul speaks of a ‘man of lawlessness’ who will be revealed; however, his spirit is already at work in this world. The preaching of lawlessness, a doctrine of anti-Torah, is the spirit of lawlessness. This spirit will ultimately birth complete lawlessness in the world.

“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work …  the lawless one will be revealed …. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of the Adversary displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refuse to love the truth (d’var) and so be saved (yasa) (2 Thessalonians 2:7-10).

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