Old Testament

Historical Books

What is hesed, and why is it important in the book of Ruth?

Hesed is a Hebrew word that does not have a precise equivalent in English. In his 1535 translation of the Bible, Miles Coverdale translated hesed as “loving-kindness,” a term that is used to this day. Hesed encompasses the covenant love between God and his people. It is merciful and compassionate. The concept is important throughout Ruth, manifesting itself in how the people treat each other.


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