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Forsake

To leave or abandon. Famously used in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 31:6: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." And by Jesus in the New Testament on the cross in Matthew 27:46: "About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, [a] lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?")."

Terminology

Hebrew

עָזַב `azab. Strong's number H5800.

To leave, loose, forsake:

  • (Qal) to leave: to depart from, leave behind, leave, let alone; to leave, abandon, forsake, neglect, apostatise; to let loose, set free, let go, free
  • (Niphal): to be left to; to be forsaken
  • (Pual) to be deserted
  • Also, to restore, repair (Qal).

    Greek

    ἐγκαταλείπω egkataleipō. Strong's number G1459.

  • Abandon, desert: leave in straits, leave helpless; totally abandoned, utterly forsaken;
  • To leave behind among, to leave surviving
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