My Lent Words 26: Love is…

There is, of course, a clear distinction in New Testament Greek between different types of love. This distinction does not exist in Hebrew. The Old Testament writer searching for a word for love would not have had that choice.

The Hebrew word ahab is to love, to like or to be a friend but is occasionally used of romantic love.

‘Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.’ (1 Samuel 18:20)

‘And Jonathan made David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.’ (1 Samuel 20:17)

‘I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.’ (Psalm 116:1)

‘I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.’ (Psalm 119:103)

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