Hope of Israel

Hope of Israel is a name of God that occurs in both Old and New Testaments. The Hebrew word miqweh means “to wait or look for with eager expectation”. God is the object of our very highest hopes and He never lets us down. The nation of Israel provides a wonderful example of God remaining faithful to imperfect people.

A name of God: The Hope of Israel (Miqweh Yisra’el) pictured in the Hebrew text of Jeremiah 14:8.

Hope of Israel (Miqweh Yisra’el) in the Hebrew text of Jeremiah 14:8.

Hope of Israel in Hebrew:

Miqweh Yisra’el

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 4723a, 3478

Bible references: Jer. 14:8; 17:13

O Hope of Israel,
Its Savior in time of distress,
Why are You like a stranger in the land
Or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?
(Jeremiah 14:8)

O Lord, the hope of Israel,
All who forsake You will be put to shame.
Those who turn away on earth will be written down,
Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the Lord.
(Jeremiah 17:13)

Hope of Israel pictured in the Greek text of Acts 28:20. A possible name of Jesus.

Hope of Israel in the Greek text of Acts 28:20.

Hope of Israel in Greek:

Tēs elpidos tou Israēl

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 1680, 2474

Bible reference: Acts 28:20

It is not entirely clear what Paul referred to when he used this phrase. It could be a name of Jesus but Paul more likely had the hope of resurrection in mind in which case it is not a name of Jesus.

For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. (Acts 28:20 KJV)

Similar names for God are Hope of their fathers and My Hope.

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