Opinion is divided over the meaning of the Hebrew term "hesed." This article examines the use of ִ"hesed" in the Old Testament, particularly in the setting of human relationships and the relationship between God and his people. It also considers the Hebrew terms with which ִ"hesed" is most closely associated. It concludes that at the heart of ִ"hesed" is loving commitment within the context of a relationship. God’s people are expected to show ִ"hesed" to God as their covenant obligation, expressed in faithfulness, obedience, and devotion.
Source: Tyndale Bulletin, 1995. 18 pages.