God of forgiveness

In Hebrew the name God of forgiveness is actually a plural, God of forgivenesses. The Hebrew word selikhot is used only of God because He is willing to forgive, unlike humans, who are often reluctant.

God of forgiveness (Eloah selikhot) pictured in the Hebrew text of Nehemiah 9:17.

God of forgiveness in the Hebrew text of Nehemiah 9:17.

God of forgiveness in Hebrew:

’Eloah selikhot

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 433, 5547

Bible reference: Neh. 9:17

They refused to listen,
And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them;
So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in
Egypt.
But You are a God of forgiveness,
Gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;
And You did not forsake them.
(Neh. 9:17)

In the NIV and The Message Bible this name is Forgiving God. This verse is one of several passages based on a formulaic description of God’s attributes first found in Ex. 34:6-7, although the Hebrew word there is nose’ and the English name is usually Forgiving God.

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