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Faith – Hebrew: Emunah


Faith or emunah in Hebrew means ‘faithfulness’ and ‘certainty.’ The word ‘faith’ is found 122 times in the Old Testament; 115 times in the new.

“Faith is being confident in what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, Complete Jewish Bible).

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, New International Version).

Hebrew Word Pictures

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

נ Noon – A Fish means ‘life.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for emunah: first strength mighty binding of life revealed.

Greek – pistis means ‘firm persuasion’ or a ‘conviction based on hearing.’

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