40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 24
The Hebew word נָחַם (nacham) means ‘repent, comfort, console, etc.’ It is associated with the terms נֹחַ(Noach) ‘to comfort’ and נוּחַ (Nuach) ‘to rest, draw breath.’ נָחַם (nacham) is used in the Old Testament with two different connotations:
Firstly, it is used to express one’s ‘grieve or groan’ as a sign of feeling bad/ repenting for one’s own action (e.g. God felt sorry/repented for creating humankind).
Secondly, it is often translated as ‘comfort’ in association with grief and death.
Isaiah 40 begins with this term נַחֲמוּ נַחֲמוּ עַמִּי (nachamu nachamu ‘ammi) ‘comfort, comfort my people.’ Our LORD is the comforting God during this distressful time.
Source: BDB, KAHAL, TDOT
Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.
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