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Love – Hebrew: Ahavah

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


Ahavah in Hebrew means ‘love.’

The root of ahavah is ahav which means ‘to give.’  Taking that root even further is av or a part of ‘abba’ meaning ‘father.’

“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

Alef is a picture of an Ox and means ‘strong, first’

Hey is a picture of a Window and means ‘reveal’

Bet is a picture of a House and means ‘house’ or ‘family’

Hey is a picture of a Window and means ‘reveal’

–  first revelation of the family revealed

Love in Hebrew is the action of giving from a father and is the first revelation of a family.

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