Atonement – Kaphar






The Hebrew word “kaphar” means “to cover over” but is often translated as “atonement”. The word “atonement” is an “abstract word” and in order “to understand the true Hebrew meaning of a word” we must look to the “concrete meaning”. If an “offense has been made”, the one that has been offended can act as though “the offense is covered over and unseen”. We express this idea through the word of “forgiveness”. Atonement is an “outward action that covers over the error”.

Strong’s: #3722, 3723 –