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What Does “Maranatha” Mean?

The expression “maranatha” (I Corinthians 16:22Revelation 22:20) is a cry of faith and prayer for the coming of the Lord, and is usually translated as “Come, Lord!”  This is connected to the prayers “May Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:11) and “Blessed is He who comes” (Matthew 23:39).  

Although this word is found in the original Greek text of the New Covenant, it is not Greek, but Aramaic. Almost all of the Law and the Prophets (Tanakh) are written in Hebrew except for a few parts in Aramaic, mostly in Daniel. The word “maran” means lord, and “atha” means come.

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