Hebrew Word: Racham (Mercy, Womb)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2023

In Hebrew, the seeming different words “womb” and “mercy” have nothing in common. But for the native speaker they are one and the same, because רֶחֶם rechem, “womb”, and רַחַם racham, “mercy”, “compassion” are derived from the same verbal root רָחַם racham, which has the meaning of “to caress”; by implication to love, especially to compassionate. Notice how these three words are spelled in Hebrew without vowel points, which do not exist in the Biblical Hebrew and are therefore always assumed. They are spelled identically.

Hence, racham as a verb means to love to have compassion, mercy and pity towards another human being, and as a noun it means mercy, pity, compassion, and a mother’s womb.

Would a woman forget her suckling child and not have compassion on the fruit of her womb?

Would a woman forget her suckling child and not have compassion on the fruit of her womb?

That the Bible refers to a woman’s feelings towards her offspring in the womb as the ultimate embodiment of mercy and compassion can be found in the very words of YHVH who sets forth His inalienable love and compassion far greater than even the maternal love. We read in Isaiah,

But Tsiyon says, “Yehovah has forsaken me, and Yehovah has forgotten me”. Would a woman forget her suckling child and not have compassion (רַחַם racham) on the son of her womb? Though they forget, I never forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are always before Me. (Isa 49:14-16)

In Isaiah, the word for to compassion couples with another word for womb בֶּטֶן beten, a synonym of רֶחֶם rechem, as both are used in parallel in Jeremiah,

Before I formed you in the belly (בֶּטֶן beten) I knew you, and before you came out of the womb (רֶחֶם rechem) I did set you apart. (Jer 1:5)

A seeker of compassion and mercy is in a state of hopelessness and helplessness, who calls for help. There is no indeed better example of a human being in a position of helplessness than a baby in the mother’s womb, especially when the baby is in danger. As the baby is growing in the womb and totally dependent on the mother and completely helpless, mercy and compassion are the ultimate of the mother’s feelings towards the fruit of her womb.

Can mothers have not compassion on the fruits of their wombs? Read more in the article The Real Face of Abortion America Must See It to Believe It! – Time of Reckoning Ministry.

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