Hebrew Word Study: A Hidden Treasure in the Word “Love”

A Hope? A Voice Alone? (AHAVA) – Feel the Burg

Have you ever studied Hebrew? It is a fascinating language with meaning revealed only as you learn the nuances of the language. For example, every letter means something, and God reveals His deepest blessings when we uncover deep meanings in the Hebrew language.

I’m no Hebrew scholar, but I love mining the treasures hidden there. Recently, I saw a post from a Messianic Jewish friend in Israel, and it reminded me of one of the richest treasures to be found in Hebrew.

The word “love” in Hebrew is ahavah, and it looks like this: אהבה. Hebrew is read right-to-left, so follow along:

Loosely translated, then, we might say: “God the Father reveals Himself through His Son of whom we are to behold.” I won’t be dogmatic about the technical aspects of that translation, but the Hebrew word ahavah does lend itself to reflect the Father who sent His Son for the whole world to behold!

But there is more! Hebrew words are built out of root words, typically containing 3 letters, though sometimes only 2. In the center of אהבה is הב, the root of which means “to give.”

When attributed to God the Father, through the Son, as in אהבה, it is a clear picture of what the Bible teaches. True giving comes from love! Look carefully at the correlation between “love” and “give”:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…

~John 3:16

Indeed, when we behold the Son (Jesus) and choose to follow Him, we too live by the principle:

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor…but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

~1 Corinthians 13:3

You see, one can give without love, but one cannot love without giving! Giving is the root of love!

The Hebrew language is very rich in meaning. Want to study Hebrew words for yourself? Try using free programs such as Strong’s Lexicon on Bible Hub. If you love studying God’s Word, you will enjoy studying Hebrew words and meanings! Enjoy!

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