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By Jeff A. Benner

In the Masoretic Hebrew Bible this name is written as הֹושֵׁעַ (ho'shey'a, Strong's #1954). This word is used as a verb in the following passage.

Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, because the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal. (1Sa 25:26, ESV)

This verb is written in the hiphil (causative) form and literally means "cause to be saved" and is the meaning of this name. This name is transliterated two different ways in the Greek Septuagint; Αυση – Ause (see Numbers 13:8) and Ωσηε – Osey'ee (see Hosea 1:1). In the King James Version this name is written three different ways; Hoshea (see Deuteronomy 32:44), Hosea (see Hosea 1:1) and Oshea (see Numbers 13:8).

According to Numbers 13:8 הֹושֵׁעַ (ho'shey'a, Strong's #1954) was the original name of Joshua before Moses gave him the name יהושׁע (Yehoshua, Strong's #3091). It is also the name of the prophet Hosea, the author of the book of Hosea.

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