Names of God – Abba (Pater)

WEDNESDAY

Word: Abba (Aramaic) or Pater (Greek)

Translated: Father

Use: “Abba” expresses the special relationship that exists between a believer and God.  It is a term of intimacy and is better translated as ‘daddy’. While the Hebrew equivalent is used only 15 times in the OT in reference to God, ‘Abba’ or “Pater’ is used 245 times in the NT – a dramatic expression of the closeness every believer has with God as a result of believing in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

 

NAU Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

 
NIV Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. {15 Or adoption} And by him we cry, “Abba, {15 Aramaic for Father} Father.”

 
KJV Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

 

 
NAU Galatians 4:6
Because you are sons, aGod has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

 
NIV Galatians 4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, {6 Aramaic for Father} Father.”

 
KJV Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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