The Book of Mormon Correctly Translates The word Faith.
The English word 'Faith' comes from a Hebrew word 'Emunah.'
While bibles usually translate the Hebrew Emunah as faith, it is better translated into English word firmness.
While western minds associate faith with 'belief,' the Hebrew mind associated faith with action.
To be faithful to the Hebrew way of thinking is better described in English as our words firm and steadfast.
However, the word Firmness does not appear in the English King James Bible. This is because the understanding of Hebrew was not as rich hundreds of years ago as it is now. Meaning is lost in translations because translations are affected by the minds and cultures of the translators.
But (amazingly), the words firm and steadfast are used throughout the Book of Mormon when associated with Faith.
Here is one example (more examples below)
And it came to pass that when the sixty and second year of the reign of the judges had ended, all these things had happened; And the Lamanites had become, the more part of them, a righteous people, Insomuch that their righteousness did exceed that of the Nephites because of their firmness and their steadiness in the faith.
Strong's Concordance Defines Faith (Emunah) as Being Firm and Steadfast
Jeff Benner, authority on Ancient Hebrew, explains the better meaning of having faith as being firm unto God.
While the Bible does NOT contain the word Firmness the Book of Mormon contains many perfect examples of this word, correctly used in context associated with Faith.
And as Mr. Benner points out, to be faithful means more than just knowing; rather, it means to be firm in ones actions.
Here is Jeff Benner s comments from his Hebrew Dictionary.
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While English Bibles do not use the English word Firmness for faith, the Book of Mormon contains many instances where being faithful is described as the action of being firm and steadfast.
Hebrew English Concordances like Strong's Concordance were not available for many decades after Joseph Smith.
Moreover, the better understanding of Hebrew words into English has been only in the last 100 years or less. How could a young farm boy have correctly guessed at words that are perfectly used in English from Hebrew? Perhaps the book of Mormon is actually everything it claims to be: a divine translation of an ancient record written by Ancient Hebrews.
(Search the King James Bible Here to see the word Firmness does not appear within its verses)
Look unto God with firmness of mind
and pray unto Him with exceeding faith, And He will console you in your afflictions, And He will plead your cause and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction;
And it came to pass that when the sixty and second year of the reign of the judges had ended, all these things had happened; And the Lamanites had become, the more part of them, a righteous people, Insomuch that their righteousness did exceed that of the Nephites because of their firmness and their steadiness in the faith
"And now because of their steadfastness
- when they do believe in that thing which they do believe - For because of their firmness
when they are once enlightened, Behold, the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days, notwithstanding their iniquity;
Be wise in the days of your probation; Strip yourselves of all uncleanness; Ask not that ye may consume it on your lusts; But ask with a firmness unshaken
, that ye will yield to no temptation, But that ye will serve the true and living God.
Faith is also Translated as Support.
Click Here to Read about how the language of the Book of Mormon exactly matches the Ancient Hebrew where having Faith in God means to trust Him for our 'Support.'
Firmness, Steadfastness, Support. All proper translations from the Hebrew word for Faith, found only in the Book of Mormon.