What is the Hebrew word for sin?

I just read this statement -- is it true?

"In Hebrew, there is no word for sin. The Biblical word "Chet" appears in reference to an arrow which "missed the target." The archer is not "bad." Rather, he made a mistake - due to a lack of focus, concentration or skill."

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In Hebrew, words can have multiple layers of meaning. They can be used in one context and have one level of understanding but when used in a different context can mean something else idiomatically. (Just as "kick the bucket" does not mean to literally strike a pail with one's foot.)

    While the word chet can mean to miss the mark, it can also be understood to miss the mark of appropriate behavior and can be seen to be the fault of the one who did the wrong behavior.

    There are many words in Hebrew that refer to "sin." Each word has a slightly different connotation and rabbinic authorities stretching back centuries disagree as to exactly what word refers to what type of wrongdoing.

    Some of the words used in rabbinic literature are: chet, pesha, avone, ashma, aveira.

    Look at the Yom Kippur viduy (confession) for these words. The various commentaries on the prayers will give you different definitions of these words that all connote wrongdoing.

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  • 4 years ago

    Hebrew Word For Sin

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  • yotg
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The word for sin is חטא- chet.

    The phrase you quoted interprets this word according to the word החטיא ("miss the target"), which is of the same root but in a different Binyan.

    There might be a certain connection between the words, but one does not necessarily imply the other.

    The word חיטא (the same root, another Binyan) means "disinfect", it doesn't mean that the sin purifies you...

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  • 5 years ago

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    What is the Hebrew word for sin?

    I just read this statement -- is it true?

    "In Hebrew, there is no word for sin. The Biblical word "Chet" appears in reference to an arrow which "missed the target." The archer is not "bad." Rather, he made a mistake - due to a lack of focus, concentration or...

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  • 1 decade ago

    there has to be something for sin and iniquity because the hebrew prophet was translated as saying both words in hebrew

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  • 1 decade ago

    of course there is a word for sin - חטא

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  • 1 decade ago

    That is correct. They did not have a particular word for sin (as in trangression against God). They also used the word "avera" which means "transgression" (any transgression, not just a transgression against God).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Likewise, just as Satan wants you to belive there is no such thing as Satan, or sin, or anything that would cause grief to our Father In Heaven.

    Interesting, but deceptive.

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  • kismet
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    That is absolutely correct.

    Source(s): I'm a native Hebrew speaker.
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  • 1 decade ago

    http://cf.blb.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs...

    5771 `avon {aw-vone'} or `avown (2 Ki 7:9, Ps 51:5 [7]) {aw-vone'}

    from 5753; TWOT - 1577a; n m

    AV - iniquity 220, punishment 5, fault 2, Iniquities + 01697 1,

    mischief 1, sin 1; 230

    1) perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt or punishment of iniquity

    1a) iniquity

    1b) guilt of iniquity, guilt (as great), guilt (of condition)

    1c) consequence of or punishment for iniquity

    Sin: Strong’s Concordance: #817: 'asham (aw‑shawm'); from OT:816; guilt; by implication, a fault; also a sin‑offering: KJV ‑ guiltiness, (offering for) sin, trespass (offering).

    Strong’s Concordance: #816: 'asham (aw‑sham'); or 'ashem (aw‑shame'); a primitive root; to be guilty; by implication to be punished or perish: KJV ‑ X certainly, be (‑come, made) desolate, destroy, X greatly, be (‑come, found, hold) guilty, offend (acknowledge offence), trespass.

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