Ancient Hebrew Word Meanings – Good ~ tov

Ancient Hebrew Word Meanings – Good ~ tov

Good ~ tov
By Jeff A. Benner

What does “good” mean? The first use of this word is in Genesis chapter one where calls his handiwork “good”. It should always be remembered that the Hebrews often relate descriptions to functionality. The word tov would best be translated with the word “functional”. When looked at his handiwork he did not see that it was “good”, he saw that it was functional, kind of like a well oiled and tuned machine. In contrast to this word is the Hebrew word “ra”. These two words, tov and ra are used for the tree of the knowledge of “good” and “evil”. While “ra” is often translated as evil it is best translated as “dysfunctional”.

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  1. WL

    This is ridiculous! Are you an atheist? The word means perfect, everything God created was perfect not “functional”. Anything can be functional whether good or bad. You twist the word of God to your own destruction.

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