Word Origin: חֶסֶד

Transliteration:  ‘checed’, also ‘hesed’

Part of speech: noun masculine

Pronunciation: (kheh’-sed)

Definition (from Strong’s Concordance) : goodness, kindness

The Hebrew word, “Checed” has many biblical translations in the Older Testament (also, called, ‘Tanakh’)  including, “mercy”, “lovingkindness”, “kindness”, “steadfast love”, “loyalty”, and “covenant faithfulness”.  With such a broad range of its use (more than 240 times, with over half of its usage in Psalms), it can be fruitful to look at some verses containing this word for a broader picture of its meaning in use. 

Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die.” – Genesis 19:19  ESV

“‘The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,  keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”’ -Exodus 34:6-7 ESV

“My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.” -Psalm 59:10 NASB1995

Checed is action-oriented versus a “feeling”.   It is where we actively reach out and show our faithfulness and kindness to our neighbors just as our Father does for us.  “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” -Micah 6:8 ESV.  

All 26 verses of Psalm 136 end in, “for His lovingkindness endures forever”.  All His wondrous deeds done out of His covenant loyalty, His mercy, His kindness, His lovingkindness for His creation.  For His checed endures forever.  Amen.  

Link to Biblehub for further study: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/2617.htm


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