Skip to main content

Trust: A Hebrew Word Study

Tamara is a Bible student who loves mining the treasures in God's Word and sharing its teachings and applications with others.

God Always Keeps His Promises

God Always Keeps His Promises


Several Hebrew words are translated as "trust" in the Old Testament. One in particular, "batach," stands out in terms of what it looks like to trust in God when viewed in its pictographic form.

The following is an example of the context usage of the specific Hebrew word we will study.

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted (batach) in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.

— Psalm 28:7

Before we begin, it is valuable to understand that the Hebrew language is a pictographic one. In its most ancient form, the letters were once expressed by images that represented illustrative concepts. Pictographs, therefore, help in comprehending the foundational substance of the words that contain them. In terms of modern biblical studies, these images can help us form solid, unchangeable concepts that assist us in word comprehension and our application.

The natural biological and agricultural icons used to represent the word concepts are stable. For example; An ox will always do what an ox does and has always done. When language is not attached to these concrete ideas, it becomes very plastic and fluid. Word associations and their meanings ascribed to them can change dramatically over time without this type of system in place.

In relationship to this thought, the ancient near eastern languages, according to those who study them, are understood to be more geared toward function and purpose as it applies to life. This difference in thought could be why westerners struggle with trust as it concerns God's Word because we have separate compartments for knowledge and functional application. We can read things and be entirely disconnected from how that translates into purposeful action.

. . . be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves . . .

— James 1:22

May we, like the ancients of old, not just be interested in learning something new, like the Athenians (westerners) in Acts, but more deeply understand God's truth that we may better live out these beautiful revelations.

For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

— Acts 17:21

Definition of "Trust"

Gesenius' Hebrew Lexicon defines "trust" as; "to set one's hope and confidence upon," "to be secure fearing nothing," and it is many times translated as "confidence," "security," and "hope."

Let's next take a look at the pictograph of each letter that forms this word "trust" (batach) and see how it can help us wrap not only our thinking but our actions around the valuable revelation of this Hebrew word.

The Hebrew letters in "betach" are "bet", "tet", and, a "chet".


Bet: Inside

"Bet" is the first letter of the Hebrew word "betach." It is a picture of a tent, home, or family. It speaks of being on the inside, abiding, and resting. When the word "trust" is used in Scripture, the term "in" frequently follows.

. . . we have trusted in His holy name.

— Psalm 33:21

Being in a home and or family are places that can, and ideally should, be associated with safety, security, trust, and rest.

The entire Word of God begins with a "bet," indicating that everything starts with God's desire to create a home and family. The creation account is about preparing a place to do just that, and it ends with an event of rest and abiding.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

— Genesis 2:1-3

Scroll to Continue

Sin separated us from that original plan and left us orphans outside of the household of the Heavenly Father. But God restored us through the death and resurrection of His only Begotten Son on our behalf.

. . . ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ . . .

or through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

— Ephesians 2:12-13, 19

Being "in" covenant with God through His Son Jesus is about being in His family.

. . . according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence (trust) through faith in Him...For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.

— Ephesians 3:11-15

He chose us in Him . . . In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins . . . In Him also we have obtained an inheritance . . . in Him you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise . . . In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

— Ephesians 1:4-13

The Gospel of John and the Epistle of I John contains more references to the phrase "in Him" than any other gospels and epistles. John is often referred to as the disciple whom Jesus loved in his Gospel and considered to be of the "inner circle" of the most frequently mentioned disciples.

According to Steven Coxhead on his website Berith Road, The Gospel of John records that rebirth in the Spirit is necessary.

"Rebirth by the Spirit is necessary for entering "into" the kingdom family of God (John 3:5), and for experiencing eternal life and immortality (John 3:6). In the new covenant age."

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

—John 3:16

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

— I John 4:15

There is no security or trust outside of Him. In Him, there is nothing to fear.

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

— I John 5:20


Tet: Wrapped

The second letter of the Hebrew word for trust, "betach," is a "tet." It is a picture of something wrapped or coiled like a snake, or I have also read it can be like a basket in terms of its weave. The wrapping concept can be related to a baby's love to be swaddled and wound tightly in a blanket. It seems to be soothing for babies to be bundled in this way. To be unswaddled, Biblically, was likened to abandonment.

As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths.

— Ezekiel 16:4

"Tet" can also represent distinguishing what is good through experience, as the reference to the snake would exhibit, in that a snake has a double forked tongue that it tastes and distinguishes the atmosphere around it. The letter "tet" is the first letter in the Hebrew word for good.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Psalm 34:8

Trust has to do with distinguishing that God is good. To be wrapped and swaddled in the goodness of His everlasting arms.

The eternal God is your refuge (place of trust), And underneath are the everlasting arms.

— Deuteronomy 33:27


Chet: Fence

"Chet" is depicted with a fence or a wall. It is attached to the concepts of surrounding protecting, and embracing and includes the idea of exclusivity.

In terms of exclusivity, "chet" is highly connected with concepts of the covenant. Much like "bet," it is only in relationship with the God of all creation through His one and only Son who covenanted on the cross on behalf of us that we can abide and trust in Him. Christ secured for us that indescribable gift and privilege.

This pictograph differs in thought from "bet" in that it speaks more of boundaries. Our part of trusting God as it concerns this letter is for us to stay within the limits of God's purposed and determined ways. God is not obligated to protect us when we step outside those fences He has built for our protection. The promise of these protections is for the faithful, believing, and obedient.

Thus says the Lord:

“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
For My salvation is about to come,
And My righteousness to be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
And the son of man who lays hold on it;
Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Do not let the son of the foreigner
Who has joined himself to the Lord
Speak, saying,
“The Lord has utterly separated me from His people”;
Nor let the eunuch say,
“Here I am, a dry tree.”
For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths,
And choose what pleases Me,
And hold fast My covenant,
Even to them I will give in My house
And within My walls a place and a name
Better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
That shall not be cut off.

— Isaiah 56:1-5

The very first occurrence of "betach" in Scripture illustrates this in its negative form. God informs His children that to live in direct disobedience to Him through lack of trust will cause those walls of protection to come down.

They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you.

— Deuteronomy 28:52

Some specific word examples that contain similar ideas that contain the letter "chet" can be considered things that surround such as compassion, mercy (God's faithful, loyal love), and favor.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy (chesed) shall surround him.

— Psalm 32:10

Trust has to do with knowing and believing that we are surrounded and protected by His mercy.

Combining the Concepts

All three Hebrew letters come with the idea of being on the inside, being surrounded, and protected.

Combining the three-letter pictographs used to form the Hebrew word for "trust" into a unified concept, we could read this word to mean that trusting God is abiding and resting in Him by discerning His goodness and greatness and being protected, embraced, and surrounded by His covenant love compassion and favor.

For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

— Psalm 5:12

The following is a video of how to say a much-quoted verse on trust, and the portion begins with the Hebrew word "betach."

Trust (betach) in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

— Proverbs 3:3-5

© 2010 Tamarajo


Tamarajo (author) on August 31, 2020:

Hi Deborah,

I am glad you were able to glean from this lesson.

Biblical Hebrew is a fascinating language. Every word and letter is deep and rich with meaning. When we dig just a little deeper into His Word, treasures abound.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

God bless!

Deborah on August 31, 2020:

Thank you teaching us to pronunce these scriptures in Hebrew. I received a better under of the word trust from the 3 hebrews letters. Bet Tet Chet. I thought they were 3 separate words. The HubPages were very informative.

Tamarajo (author) on August 25, 2020:

Hi Claudette,

It blesses me to know that this study was useful.

I appreciate your reading and taking the time to comment.

God bless!

Claudette on August 24, 2020:

This was very helpful, thanks. I believe this is vital to developing a trusting

relationship with God. Keep sowing your gifts into the lives of others. Blessings!

Tamarajo (author) on April 13, 2020:

Hi Ashley,

I'm happy that you found the article informative. Thank you for your additional insights about our Savior's name.

I appreciate your visit and your comment.

Tamarajo (author) on February 15, 2020:

Thank you Eve. Im glad that you enjoyed the article.

I agree that the ancient Hebrew original text of the Old Testament really gives dimension to its meaning. It never changes the meaning. It just gives us another layer of context that somtimes really more profoundly illustrates the message.

I appreciate your visit and taking the time to comment.

God bless!

Reformed Eve from USA on February 15, 2020:

I really enjoyed this. I have been listening to Armando Alducin, and he interprets from ancient Hebrew text, and the interpretations breathe new life into the scriptures. I really enjoyed your work. Again, thank you.

Tamarajo (author) on January 27, 2020:

Ruth, I'm so sorry that I just saw your message.

I'm glad that this revelation was helpful to you and that God led you to it.

He is trustworthy!

God bless

Tamarajo (author) on January 27, 2020:

Hi Kelly,

I do see what you mean. I agree that trusting God shouldn't include making reckless decisions or ignoring imminent dangers. Trusting God is not a permissive license to live unwisely or to test God's good graces.

"Fearing nothing" I think of more in terms of overcoming all the debiltating fears that prevent us from moving forward in God's good plan and purpose. Knowing we are in Him and He in us is essential to overcoming every one of those types of fears.

The idea of trusting God many times a desired but illusive concept for some as in, what does that look like, in practicality. It is this concept that I hoped to bring clarity to.

Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on January 27, 2020:

Tamarajo, this is an interesting article. There is little in life I enjoy more than biblical research. Unfortunately, under my current circumstances that has also been severely intruded upon.

Trust is an important issue in the Bible, and I think that God wants us to trust Him. The only distinction I have made about fear, as in "no fear," or fearing nothing, is that there is some God-given fear, such as women walking into a parking garage for example, and they get a fearful or uneasy feeling. This is either way God, the Holy Spirit or intuition as a warning of danger sometimes.

I use that example because rape victims interviewed after the fact will say they did have such a feeling ahead of time, based on my past reading. If you jump up on a log, and there is a poisonous snake, you should be momentarily afraid.

Sometimes people get the idea that they should not be afraid of anything ever and it is misused such as if you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. Jesus did not need to do something so ridiculous or test God in order to prove to Satan He is the Son of God.

Do you see what I mean? Thank you for this article. Trusting God and not living in fear is an excellent topic to write about online.

Ruth D Dyson on January 13, 2020:

I am so grateful to God that He brought me to this page. I know it was Him because I did not click on any link for this site. WOW. The information is phenomenal and truly a blessing. I was searching for the real meaning of the word "trust" and now I know the real meaning and the pictures are great tool to help remember. They are ingrained in my memory box forever. I'll continue to look for more from you. May God continue to bless your endeavors as you do His will.

Tamarajo (author) on October 07, 2019:

I'm glad you were able to glean from the article, Austyn.

Thank you for stopping by to read and commenting.

God bless,


Austyn C on October 05, 2019:

Quite interesting, and educative. Thanks

Tamarajo (author) on August 26, 2019:

Hello RTalloni,

Yes, trusting His faithfulness is a daily challenge. I need the reminder so much myself. The visuals certainly help with that.

I'm blessed by your visit and comment.

Thank you,


RTalloni on August 26, 2019:

So glad to find this look at the word trust in Hebrew. Thank you for the sweet reminders of God's faithfulness. How often we fail to fully trust in spite of knowing He is fully trustworthy!

Tamarajo (author) on August 26, 2019:

Hi Lincy,

Im so sorry for the late reply! The pictographs are so very useful in understanding concepts and not just word definition. You are so right that they help us visualize the meaning of these concepts.

The Word of God is so amazingly constructed in a way that helps us understand in so many ways the deep and rich truth of the plan of salvation in every narrative.

They confirm over and over again facets of His amazing grace.

Thanks so much for reading, your additional thoughts, and comments.

God bless


Lincy Francis from Allahabad on August 03, 2019:

Wow, Tamarajo! I didn't know this part that the Hebrew language was a pictographic one. I recently had realised that it doesn't have a future tense. This is amazing evidence to link to our faith. We need to picturise what we pray for. We need to see it 'believing that it is done.'

Tamarajo (author) on June 24, 2019:

Hi Kurt,

I am glad that this study was useful. God's Word is certainly full of treasures waiting to be discovered. May He continue to show you "great and mighty (well guarded, secret) things that you did not know."

I appreciate your visit and comment

God bless


Kurt Frazier Sr from Mobile, Al on June 19, 2019:

I enjoyed this deeper study of the word trust. It has opened new avenues of study in my walk with the Lord. Thank you for your diligence in searching out the meaning of God's Word.

Tamarajo (author) on March 03, 2019:

Thank you for reading Ernest. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

God bless!


ernest on March 03, 2019:

thank you for this study

Tamarajo (author) on September 24, 2018:

Glad you gleaned Robin. Thanks for reading and commenting.

robin lever on September 23, 2018:


Tamarajo (author) on February 25, 2018:


I am glad to know the study was useful.

Thank you for your visit and comment.

DDD on February 25, 2018:

This was an awesome explanation and study!

Tamarajo (author) on November 15, 2017:

Hi Yvonne,

The pictographs really do add some depth to our conceptual understanding of words that can sometimes be generic to us. They really do help us to see what that looks like.

I'm glad that you found the revelation useful. Thank you for reading and commenting.

God bless!

Yvonne on November 15, 2017:

This has been an outstanding article. I really enjoyed it and the how informative it is. Completes the word TRUST using pictures. Learned something new. Thank you

Tamarajo (author) on September 25, 2017:

A note to Karla who emailed me, I was unable to reply to your email. I tried twice but both times it bounced back. If you get this note please try again as I would love to answer your questions.

God Bless and Shalom to you too


Tamarajo (author) on September 28, 2016:

Hello Channing, I sincerely think learning to trust is a lifelong experience for all. It takes practice to shift our focus from our human experiences, which always come with fragility, to knowing God who is rock solid and can be trusted.

God bless you on your journey to knowing our great God and thank for stopping by.

Channing on September 28, 2016:

Im learning to trust Him and to understand the meaning of the word is a great place to start! Thanks for the knowledge.

Tamarajo (author) on November 24, 2015:

Thank you Paul glad you found something useful in the study and appreciate your visit. God bless!

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on November 24, 2015:

Your hub was very informative and helpful, and a very good read. Thanks.

Tamarajo (author) on August 17, 2015:

Hello T-Wynne, Yes, the original language really helps us comprehend the full depth and dimension of God's will and ways. Thank you for stopping by to read and commenting.

T-Wynne on August 15, 2015:

This is really nice to meditate on. I love love how you broke my two favorite verses in its original Hebrew language.

Tamarajo (author) on October 10, 2013:

Thank you Jamie, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

jamiebisso7 on October 09, 2013:

Tamara,I love you give insight about the word through hebrew study

Tamarajo (author) on November 08, 2012:

Thank you The Stages Of ME for your thoughtful comment and visit. I agree breaking it down sometimes is like the digestive process where are enabled to assimilate the nutrients of the Word most usefully.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on November 08, 2012:

Tamarajo ~

I enjoyed this hub it was very interesting to have the breakdown of the Hebrew words. Thanks for sharing and God bless:)

Tamarajo (author) on July 04, 2012:

Glad you stopped by Greg. I am glad you found the revelation useful. I am still learning from these things myself. Thank you for reading and your encouraging comment.

Greg on July 04, 2012:

My first time on site. Love it! Currently work on degree in Evangelisem and this site is so helpful. Eliminates information to bring you true knowledge of God's word.

Tamarajo (author) on May 24, 2012:

Thank you Phelcky for visiting and commenting on the article. I am glad you found the information useful and interesting

Phelcky on May 19, 2012:

Great information Tamarajo! Indeed a very interesting hub.

Tamarajo (author) on November 25, 2011:

Thank you drpastorcarlott glad to have you stop by. Thanks for your vote visit and comment.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on November 25, 2011:

Thumps-Up!!! Well done!! Voted-Up! Much love...

Michael S from Danville, VA on October 18, 2011:


Tamarajo (author) on October 18, 2011:

Hello ithabise I think learning to trust Him in the unseen is the struggle we all face especially in the light of physical circumstance.

What I most understand in this lesson is that "in Him" is the safest place we can be.

Blessed to have you stop by and comment.

Michael S from Danville, VA on October 18, 2011:

Thanks you, Tamarajo. This has been the premier word of my life for the last two years. I'm learning to trust God where I cannot see.

Tamarajo (author) on October 17, 2011:

Hello Hyphenbird, The original Biblical language gets more and more fascinating and revealing of God's goodness, character, and message intent. Modern languages are always changing but just like our God He never changes and neither does His Word. The word studies always agree with already revealed truth and add depth to our understanding about His truth. I believe that the way He designed the language was so we could not twist and turn it to suit ourselves but it would always mean what it always meant so we can always "trust" Him in it.

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comment and your visit.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on October 17, 2011:

Thank you for this word study. It has helped me a lot. I am drawing ever closer to to the actual language of the Word. You are a blessing for putting this together.

Tamarajo (author) on June 07, 2011:

Minstrel, Thank you for reading. His Word is a joy to study. It is all I would do if I could.

I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

Be blessed.

The Minstrel on June 07, 2011:

Thank you for all your hard work. This took a lot of research and time.

Tamarajo (author) on April 18, 2011:

Hi Tony. I have enjoyed the letter break downs too. They confirm and give greater depth and understanding to His truth.

I am glad you enjoyed and I appreciate your visit and comment.

Tony L Smith from Macon on April 18, 2011:

Nice!! enjoyed the letter breakdowns

Thanks Tamarajo

Tamarajo (author) on March 15, 2011:

Thank you Wbisbill. I love revelation too. It always make me stand in awe of His incredible wisdom.

Thanks for the encouragement. Blessed by your visit.

Wbisbill from Tennessee USA on March 15, 2011:

I Enjoy new revelations from Scripture. Thanks and Thumbs up!


Tamarajo (author) on March 12, 2011:

toknowinfo thank you. I am glad you were able to glean from the information in my hub. The Hebrew Word revelations really help me understand things better too. Blessed by our visit and comment.

Tamarajo (author) on March 12, 2011:

Sky321, I appreciate your affirmation and your visit. Bless you too.

toknowinfo on March 12, 2011:

Well done hub. You make it easy to understand and read. I learn so much from you. Thanks for putting this together.

Sky321 from Canada on March 10, 2011:

Beautiful hub and full of great information. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. God Bless you.

Tamarajo (author) on February 26, 2011:

Thank you George McGoffney for your your affirmation and your visit. : )

GEORGE MCGOFFNEY on February 26, 2011:

(((( AMEN)))

Tamarajo (author) on February 03, 2011:

Thank you lovelypaper was glad you were able to glean something from the article. I appreciate your visit.

Renee S from Virginia on February 02, 2011:

Thank you for helping us to understand. This is very helpful.

Tamarajo (author) on January 31, 2011:

justcallmeleroy I appreciate you stopping by.

It is these root meanings that are so confirming to me. They are like the balance and check of His truth and at times give depth and substance to what is only seen on the surface.

I am happy you started with a Hebrew Study hub they really are my favorite revelations.

His Word is ever faithful and True.

Blessed by your visit and comment.

Justcallmeleroy on January 31, 2011:

Tam, So many years and so many transcripts that have been as you stated copied and done so faithfully.

Great Hub you are following the Spirit. I had one comment by someone.

"Root"meaning is what one Jewish man said to me is the difference. God Bless

Tamarajo (author) on November 20, 2010:

Thank you Pastor_Walt for you visit and comment : )

Pastor_Walt from Jefferson City, Tennessee on November 20, 2010:

Great lens! Thank you!

Tamarajo (author) on October 18, 2010:

Thank you dahoglund You are right language and word associations change with culture which is why I love the word picture concepts because the concepts never change. Which makes the Hebrew version of scriptures so reliable. They have been meticulously copied so faithfully by the Jewish people for thousands of years and the word meanings have never changed.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 18, 2010:

Informative. There is much confustion of the Bible because many people don't understand that language changes ofver time and place.

Tamarajo (author) on October 14, 2010:

Skye thank you for your gracious comment. Studying the Word always brings new life. I love those revelatory moments in the Word. The baby photo is my youngest granddaughter. Thanks for your visit.

Thank you Leslie that is what Hebrew has done for me. It is always confirming and expounding on the truths in His Word. Blessed by our visit.

Hi David I really enjoy biblically Word studies. You are correct a lot of times we miss things when we don't dig a little deeper into the original concepts of the words. Thank you for reading.

DavidWS10 on October 13, 2010:

Thank you Tamarajo to opening my eyes so I could see the passages of Scripture you quoted a little more clearly. Word studies are very beneficial. They are an essential part of my sermon preparation. If you don't understand the nuances of the original languages, you will sometimes lose something in the translation.

Leslie Patton from Texas on October 12, 2010:

Understanding the Hebrew language will really open your eyes to the scriptures. This was great reading for my morning, and really touched my heart. Thanks!

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on October 11, 2010:

Wow Beautiful. Now I see what your avitar is. Very Good. I love it. You are such a precious Child of our most High God.I am sure His face smiles on your dilegence in studying HIS word. I love the Bible. I started reading Genesis again ( last night) as I was reasearching something. I have read before but this was so awesome. I understood on a deeper level. he Holy Spirit was on me. He is awesome. Praise God.

I love the baby photo and the scripture Thank You so much for the read. I look forward to reading more. Hugs Galore. Glory To God I landed on your path!!

Tamarajo (author) on October 11, 2010:

Thank you Quill great to see you stop by.

"Quill" on October 11, 2010:

Informative and well worth the study... thank you for all the hard work.

Blessings and Hugs

Tamarajo (author) on October 11, 2010:

As always I appreciate your visit RevLady and thank you for commenting.

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on October 11, 2010:


Quite informative and helpful to my ongoing studies. Thank you so much.

Love, peace and joy in Him!

Forever His,

Related Articles