Three Words for Sin

“Three words for what sin is: sin, iniquity, trans-gression. ‘Sin’ is the word for the specific offence (thought, word, deed, whatever). It is what we have in mind when we say ‘I’m sorry for that’; ‘iniquity’ derives from a verb meaning ‘to be bent’, and points to the inner defect or warp in human nature which is the well-spring of all sin; ‘transgression’ translates the serious word ‘rebellion’, as of a subordinate against an overlord (e.g., 2 Kgs. 3: 7).” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

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