God our Savior

God our Savior is one of the New Testament names of God that is found most often in the greetings or concluding blessings of letters. In the Old Testament, the name only occurs once in some English versions.

God our Savior in Hebrew:

’El yeshu‘atenu

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 410, 3444

Bible reference: Ps. 68:19 (NIV, the NASB has the phrase, “God who is our salvation”).

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.
(Psalm 68:19 NIV)

A picture of the Hebrew text including the name of God "El moshi'am," translated God their savior in Psalm 106:21

El moshi’am, translated God their savior in Psalm 106:21

God their Savior in Hebrew:

’El moshi‘am

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 410, 3467

Bible reference: Ps. 106:21

They forgot God their Savior,
Who had done great things in Egypt.
(Psalm 106:21)

 

God our savior in Greek:

A picture of the Greek text including "God my Savior" in the words of Mary's Magnificat in Luke 1:47.

“God my Savior” in the words of Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1:47.

Ho Theos ho sōtēr hēmōn

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 2316, 4990, 2257

Bible references: Luke 1:47 (my Savior); 1 Tim. 1:1; 2:3; Tit. 1:3; 2:10; 3:4; Jude 25

During Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, Mary spoke out her praises to God (Luke 1:46-55). Many New Testament poems seem to be compilations of psalms and other Old Testament hymns of praise. Mary’s “song” (the Magnificat) begins with words that could come from Hannah’s praise prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1 and from Psalm 35:9. Mary personalized this name for God, calling Him, God my Savior.

And Mary said:

My soul exalts the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
(Luke 1:46-49)

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