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Trust—A Hebrew Word Study

Updated on September 8, 2017
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Introduction

This lesson will look at one of the Hebrew words for "trust" from a pictograph perspective that will hopefully lead to a deeper understanding of what it really means to trust in God as He asks to do. Trusting Him is foundational to our faith and believing. So let's take a look at this word's picture concepts and see what we can glean.

Before we begin, just a brief description of a Hebrew word pictograph is that this ancient language's letters were once expressed by images that helped form solid unchangeable concepts that would assist in word comprehension as well as application. The ancient's were not only interested in knowing things they were more concerned with a word's function and purpose as it applied to life, as it should be with us.

be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves

— James 1:22

May we, like the ancients of old, not just be interested in learning something new, like the Athenians in Acts, but more deeply understand God's truth that we may better live out these beautiful revelations.

For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing

— Acts 17:21

Gesenius' Hebrew Lexicon defines trust as to set one's hope and confidence upon, to be secure fearing nothing and is also translated as confidence, security, and hope.

In Hebrew the word for "trust" is b'tach. It is spelled with the Hebrew letters bet, tet, and, a chet.

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Bet—Inside

A bet, the first letter of the Hebrew word for trust, is a picture of tent, home or family and speaks of being inside, abiding and rest. When speaking of trust, "in" is frequently added to it.

For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.

— Psalm 33:21

A home and family are places that can and should be associated with safety, security, trust, and rest. Trust is about being on the inside.

Being "in" covenant with God through His Son Jesus is about being in His family.

...we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us

II Corinthians 1:9

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise

— Ephesians 1:13

The Gospel of John contains many references to "in Him", more than any of the other gospels. According to Steven Coxhead on his website Berith Road, The gospel of John records that "Rebirth by the Spirit is necessary for entering "into" the kingdom of God (John 3:5), and for experiencing eternal life and immortality (John 3:6). In the new covenant age"

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

— I John 4:15

There is no security or trust outside of Him. In Him, there is nothing to fear.

Tet—Coiled

The second letter of the Hebrew word for trust is a tet and it is a picture of something coiled like a snake or I have also read it can be like a basket When making a basket the fibers are wrapped and coiled around in the weaving process. I think of how a baby loves to be swaddled and wrapped tightly in a blanket. It seems to be soothing to babies to be wrapped in this way. To be unswaddled biblically was a likened to abandonment.

As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths.

— Ezekiel 16:4

It can also represent distinguishing what is good, as the reference to the snake would exhibit, in that a snake has a dual forked tongue that it tastes the atmosphere around it with. The letter "tet" is the first letter in the Hebrew word for good

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Psalm 34:8

Trust is to Distinguish that He is good and to be wrapped and swaddled in the goodness of His everlasting arms

The eternal God is your refuge (place of trust), And underneath are the everlasting arms..

— Deuteronomy 33:27

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Chet—Fence

"Chet" is a picture of a fence which surrounds protects, and embraces. Compassion and favor are words that use the letter chet and can be considered things that surround.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.

— Psalm 32:10

Trust has to do with being surrounded and protected in His mercy.

All three Hebrew letters come with the idea of being on the inside, surrounded, and protected.

According to the word picture definition, we could define trust as:

To abide and rest inside the goodness of God protected, embraced, and surrounded by His compassion and favor.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

— Proverbs 18:10

Chet - a fence is a highly expressive covenant image and carries with it the idea of exclusivity giving us the understanding that, much like "bet", our first letter, it is only in relationship with The God of all creation through His one and only Son who covenanted on the cross on behalf of us, that we can abide and trust in Him. Christ secured for us that indescribable gift and privilege.

This pictograph differs in concept from "bet", in that, it speaks more of boundaries. Our part of trusting God as it concerns this letter is for us to stay within the boundaries of God's purposed and determined ways. God is not obligated to protect us when we step outside of those fences He has built for our protection.

Combining the three letter pictographs used to form the Hebrew word for "trust" into a unified concept, we could read this word to mean... trust is abiding in God by discerning His goodness and greatness and embraced by His covenant love.

I conclude this word study with several scriptures that speak of being 'In Him" that we can sincerely trust.

Great Scripure References About Trusting in Him

The furnishings of what is inside the house of trusting Him are listed in the below scriptures helping to remind us of how vital it is to be in covenant with God through knowing Jesus and to trust in Him completely.

whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life...He who believes in Him is not condemned

— John 3:15-18

whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.

— Acts 10:43

in Him we live and move and have our being.

— Acts 17:28

Righteousness of faith...shall be imputed to us who believe in Him

— Romans 4:13-14

all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen

— II Corinthians 1:20

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

— II Corinthians 5:21

He chose us in Him...In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins...In Him also we have obtained an inheritance...In Him you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

— Ephesians 1:4-13

we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

— Ephesians 3:12

you are complete in Him

— Colossians 2:10

this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

— I John 5:14

He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him

— I Chronicles 5:20

He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

— Psalm 18:30

My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped

— Psalm 28:7

our heart shall rejoice in Him ,Because we have trusted in His holy name.

— Psalm 33:21

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!...The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

— Psalm 34:8,22

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD,Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass...He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.

— Psalm 37:5,40

He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

— Proverbs 30:5

The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “ Therefore I hope in Him!”

— Lamentations 3:24

The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.

— Nahum 1:7

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      Tamarajo 4 weeks ago

      A note to Karla who emailed me, I was unable to reply to your email. I tried twice but both times it bounced back. If you get this note please try again as I would love to answer your questions.

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      Tamarajo 13 months ago

      Hello Channing, I sincerely think learning to trust is a lifelong experience for all. It takes practice to shift our focus from our human experiences, which always come with fragility, to knowing God who is rock solid and can be trusted.

      God bless you on your journey to knowing our great God and thank for stopping by.

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      Channing 13 months ago

      Im learning to trust Him and to understand the meaning of the word is a great place to start! Thanks for the knowledge.

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      Tamarajo 23 months ago

      Thank you Paul glad you found something useful in the study and appreciate your visit. God bless!

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      Paul K Francis 23 months ago from east coast,USA

      Your hub was very informative and helpful, and a very good read. Thanks.

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      Tamarajo 2 years ago

      Hello T-Wynne, Yes, the original language really helps us comprehend the full depth and dimension of God's will and ways. Thank you for stopping by to read and commenting.

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      T-Wynne 2 years ago

      This is really nice to meditate on. I love love how you broke my two favorite verses in its original Hebrew language.

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago

      Thank you Jamie, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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      jamiebisso7 4 years ago

      Tamara,I love you give insight about the word through hebrew study

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago

      Thank you The Stages Of ME for your thoughtful comment and visit. I agree breaking it down sometimes is like the digestive process where are enabled to assimilate the nutrients of the Word most usefully.

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      The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

      Tamarajo ~

      I enjoyed this hub it was very interesting to have the breakdown of the Hebrew words. Thanks for sharing and God bless:)

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Glad you stopped by Greg. I am glad you found the revelation useful. I am still learning from these things myself. Thank you for reading and your encouraging comment.

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      Greg 5 years ago

      My first time on site. Love it! Currently work on degree in Evangelisem and this site is so helpful. Eliminates information to bring you true knowledge of God's word.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Thank you Phelcky for visiting and commenting on the article. I am glad you found the information useful and interesting

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      Lilly 5 years ago from Denmark

      Great information Tamarajo! Indeed a very interesting hub.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Thank you drpastorcarlott glad to have you stop by. Thanks for your vote visit and comment.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

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      Michael S. 6 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Amen!

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hello ithabise I think learning to trust Him in the unseen is the struggle we all face especially in the light of physical circumstance.

      What I most understand in this lesson is that "in Him" is the safest place we can be.

      Blessed to have you stop by and comment.

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      Michael S. 6 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks you, Tamarajo. This has been the premier word of my life for the last two years. I'm learning to trust God where I cannot see.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hello Hyphenbird, The original Biblical language gets more and more fascinating and revealing of God's goodness, character, and message intent. Modern languages are always changing but just like our God He never changes and neither does His Word. The word studies always agree with already revealed truth and add depth to our understanding about His truth. I believe that the way He designed the language was so we could not twist and turn it to suit ourselves but it would always mean what it always meant so we can always "trust" Him in it.

      Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comment and your visit.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thank you for this word study. It has helped me a lot. I am drawing ever closer to to the actual language of the Word. You are a blessing for putting this together.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Minstrel, Thank you for reading. His Word is a joy to study. It is all I would do if I could.

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

      Be blessed.

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      The Minstrel 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for all your hard work. This took a lot of research and time.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi Tony. I have enjoyed the letter break downs too. They confirm and give greater depth and understanding to His truth.

      I am glad you enjoyed and I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      Nice!! enjoyed the letter breakdowns

      Thanks Tamarajo

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Thank you Wbisbill. I love revelation too. It always make me stand in awe of His incredible wisdom.

      Thanks for the encouragement. Blessed by your visit.

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      Wbisbill 6 years ago from Tennessee USA

      I Enjoy new revelations from Scripture. Thanks and Thumbs up!

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      toknowinfo thank you. I am glad you were able to glean from the information in my hub. The Hebrew Word revelations really help me understand things better too. Blessed by our visit and comment.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Sky321, I appreciate your affirmation and your visit. Bless you too.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Well done hub. You make it easy to understand and read. I learn so much from you. Thanks for putting this together.

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      Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful hub and full of great information. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. God Bless you.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Thank you George McGoffney for your your affirmation and your visit. : )

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      GEORGE MCGOFFNEY  6 years ago

      (((( AMEN)))

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Thank you lovelypaper was glad you were able to glean something from the article. I appreciate your visit.

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      Renee S 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you for helping us to understand. This is very helpful.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      justcallmeleroy I appreciate you stopping by.

      It is these root meanings that are so confirming to me. They are like the balance and check of His truth and at times give depth and substance to what is only seen on the surface.

      I am happy you started with a Hebrew Study hub they really are my favorite revelations.

      His Word is ever faithful and True.

      Blessed by your visit and comment.

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      Justcallmeleroy 6 years ago

      Tam, So many years and so many transcripts that have been as you stated copied and done so faithfully.

      Great Hub you are following the Spirit. I had one comment by someone.

      "Root"meaning is what one Jewish man said to me is the difference. God Bless

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Thank you Pastor_Walt for you visit and comment : )

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      Pastor_Walt 6 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      Great lens! Thank you!

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      Thank you dahoglund You are right language and word associations change with culture which is why I love the word picture concepts because the concepts never change. Which makes the Hebrew version of scriptures so reliable. They have been meticulously copied so faithfully by the Jewish people for thousands of years and the word meanings have never changed.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Informative. There is much confustion of the Bible because many people don't understand that language changes ofver time and place.

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      Skye thank you for your gracious comment. Studying the Word always brings new life. I love those revelatory moments in the Word. The baby photo is my youngest granddaughter. Thanks for your visit.

      Thank you Leslie that is what Hebrew has done for me. It is always confirming and expounding on the truths in His Word. Blessed by our visit.

      Hi David I really enjoy biblically Word studies. You are correct a lot of times we miss things when we don't dig a little deeper into the original concepts of the words. Thank you for reading.

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      DavidWS10 7 years ago

      Thank you Tamarajo to opening my eyes so I could see the passages of Scripture you quoted a little more clearly. Word studies are very beneficial. They are an essential part of my sermon preparation. If you don't understand the nuances of the original languages, you will sometimes lose something in the translation.

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      Leslie Patton 7 years ago from Texas

      Understanding the Hebrew language will really open your eyes to the scriptures. This was great reading for my morning, and really touched my heart. Thanks!

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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Wow Beautiful. Now I see what your avitar is. Very Good. I love it. You are such a precious Child of our most High God.I am sure His face smiles on your dilegence in studying HIS word. I love the Bible. I started reading Genesis again ( last night) as I was reasearching something. I have read before but this was so awesome. I understood on a deeper level. he Holy Spirit was on me. He is awesome. Praise God.

      I love the baby photo and the scripture Thank You so much for the read. I look forward to reading more. Hugs Galore. Glory To God I landed on your path!!

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      Thank you Quill great to see you stop by.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Informative and well worth the study... thank you for all the hard work.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      As always I appreciate your visit RevLady and thank you for commenting.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Tamarajo,

      Quite informative and helpful to my ongoing studies. Thank you so much.

      Love, peace and joy in Him!

      Forever His,