Noah: comfort

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son.
29 He named him Noah (fn) and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.”
– Genesis 5

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(5:29)
Noah sounds like the Hebrew for comfort.

 

I am looking for a “man who comes home from a long day of work filled with stress and the worries and frustrations of the day and seeks my full, milky breasts to relax and unwind.”

– K, ANR-seeking Christian woman, same one who wrote the first quote on A wife’s loving comfort

I was struck by the similarity between Lamech’s naming of Noah and K’s desire to comfort her husband. God is gracious and merciful. Though he cursed the ground and all work due to Adam’s fall, he still provides ways to comfort us. There’s hope, comfort and solace in God’s amazing providence.

 

More on the Hebrew word for comfort from Jerusalem Prayer Team.org:

Meaning: comfort, consolation

Translit: ne•cha•ma

The word ne•cha•ma is very unique. If you break its letters down you’ll receive two overlapping words: no•ach (comfortable and resting) and cham or cha•ma (warm). Even the first word attests to the Hebrew origin of the English word ‘comfort:’ ne•cha•ma is then an offer of rest and easement to a troubled, suffering soul. Comfort, indeed, is best induced by warmth and restful conditions.

As a noun, ne•cha•ma appears only in the New Testament:

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;’

2 Corinthians 1:3

 

 

There are many other verb references of comfort and consolation in both the Old and New Testaments.

Two of the Books of the Old Testament are about ne•cha•ma – The Book of Nehemiah which means: ‘God is my comfort,’ and the Book of the prophet Nachum whose name means comfort and consolation. If you have ever taken an Israel tour you certainly remember Capernaum (or Kapernaum), an ancient settlement on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This is just a little distortion of the Hebrew name of the site: Kfar Nahum, which means the Village of Nahum.

The ne•cha•ma is the leading motif of the latter prophecies of several prophets and especially of Isaiah who said mercifully: ‘na•cha•moo, na•cha•mu ami.’

‘Comfort my people, comfort them, says your God. Speak comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her fighting is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.’

Isaiah 40:1-2

See also:

God’s loving comfort

Strong’s concordance entry for “Nechama” – Hebrew for “comfort”

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