COUN 711 biblical word study

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Biblical Word Study

Liberty University


This paper explores the Bible by thoroughly examining three words related to counseling and three words related to addiction. In addition, general biblical usage of the words are discussed and as the meaning and where the words are found in the Bible. Specifically, the words are explored in the Old Testament and New Testament. Finally, core biblical themes and personal views are explored.

Biblical Word Study

There are many themes and specific words in the Bible that can be applied to counseling and addiction. This Word Study is an
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Old Testament Usage of Help The usage of help is present in Isaiah 49:8 when the servant of the Lord says “In a favorable time I have answered You, And in a day of salvation I have helped You; And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages,” (NASB). Help is also referred to in a military sense requesting parternship and assistance in a time of war. This is specifically used in the book Joshua declaring “Therefore Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent word to Hoham king of Hebron and to Piram king of Jarmuth and to Japhia king of Lachish and to Debir king of Eglon, saying, "Come up to me and help me, and let us attack Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua and with the sons of Israel," (NASB).
New Testament Usage of Help
The Greek word paraklētos translates into the English comforter, helper, or advocate ( In the Gospel of John, it is referenced that a helper would come after Jesus’ resurrection. Specifically, this reference is used in John 14:16, 26 with the scripture stating “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another helper, that he may abide with you for ever;.... But the comforter/advocate the spirit the holy, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you,” (NASB). The helper that is