Spiritual Dictionary Section H

Hail - A literal device, of frozen, hardened, water, that was used by God as a means of conducting judgment on peoples and nations. Hail is also a symbol of a series of events, or concepts, that God uses to break down the walls of error and rebellion that surround the heart. See John 6:60. CO

Used as judgment on Egypt. Exodus 9:13-35; 10:1-15; Psalms 105:32-33

God used hail as a weapon against the Canaanites. Joshua 10

God used hail as a weapon/judgment to try to persuade     backsliding Israel. Isaiah 28:1-3, 17-18; Ezekiel 13:1-16; Haggai 2:17

God will use in the last days to deliver His people, break down the errors of the Gentiles, and bring judgment on His enemies. Job 38:22-23; Ezekiel 38:14-23; Revelation 8:7; 11:19; 16:21

          See lightning, thunder, and earthquake.


Hammer - "How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations." Jeremiah 50:23


Hammer - "Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 23:29


Harden – To harden in the Bible has several meanings. God sometimes hardens and sometimes the individual hardens the heart of man. In either case hardening of the heart happens as a response to some initiative of God in which He ministers to the person or nation. See also Stiff-necked.

Chazaq – This Hebrew word is used primarily in the concept of God hardening the heart in the OT. According to Strong’s Concordance. It has multiple meanings but appears to mean to strengthen, cure, help, to bind, restrain, conquer.  It appears to have the quality of firming up a person so that he/she can be a man/woman of conviction. This concept is used in the following texts to convey the idea of God hardening.

God hardened the hearts of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Exodus 4:21; 7:13,22; 8:19; 9:12,35; 10:20,27; 11:10 14:4,8,17

God hardens Jeremiah and Ezekiel to deal with the people. Jeremiah 5:3; Ezekiel 3:9


Qashah – This Hebrew word is used to indicate the individual’s response to God. The word is usually not used in the reference to God but more of the response of the individual to God. In Strong’s Concordance it means the following: To be dense, severe, cruel, fierce, or stiff-necked. This concept is used in the following texts to display the response of Pharaoh to God’s initiative.

          God will harden Pharaoh’s heart. Exodus 7:3

          Pharaoh hardens his heart. Exodus 13:15

God warns us not to harden our hearts as Israel did at the provocation of not going into Canaan at Kadesh Barneah. Psalms 95:8. The Greek word Skleruno means to render stubborn is used in the NT comparison to this hardening of the heart. Hebrews 3:8,15; 4:7

God hardens Sihon’s heart, king of Heshbon and then Israel destroys him. Deuteronomy 2:30

Israel hardens their hearts and were proud, hardened their necks, did not listen to God’s commandments, refused to obey God, were not moved by the power of God; wanted to return to the bondage of sin. Nehemiah 9:16,17,29


Kabed – This Hebrew word is used primarily in reference to the individual’s response to God. This is the word that is primarily used to indicate Pharaohs heart status. In Strong’s Concordance Kabed means to be heavy, burdensome, severe, difficult, stupid. This concept is used in the Bible to describe the individual’s response to the display of God’s power.

God declares that Pharaoh’s heart is hardened and that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Exodus 7:14; 8:15,32; 9:7,34; 10:1; I Samuel 6:6


          Ways in which the heart is hardened:

Harden through disbelief of the commandments of God and the testimony of His prophets. II Kings 17:13-15; Nehemiah 9:16

Lack of understanding of the Words of God harden the heart. Mark 8:17

Misinterpreted mercy. Exodus 8:15; 9:34

Not responding to the needs of the poor. Deuteronomy 15:7-11

Pride hardens the heart. Daniel 5:20

Refusal to hear the words of God. Jeremiah 19:15

Refusal to obey the commandments of God. Nehemiah 9:17

The deceitfulness of sin hardens the heart. Hebrews 3:13

Thoughts of divorce harden the heart. Matthew 19:8

Unbelief hardens the heart. Mark 16:14

You can harden your heart in sorrow. Job 6:10


Hardness – of heart - "It is not God that blinds the eyes of men or hardens their hearts. He sends them light to correct their errors, and to lead them in safe paths; it is by the rejection of this light that the eyes are blinded and the heart hardened. Often the process is gradual, and almost imperceptible. Light comes to the soul through God's word, through His servants, or by the direct agency of His Spirit; but when one ray of light is disregarded, there is a partial benumbing of the spiritual perceptions, and the second revealing of light is less clearly discerned. So the darkness increases, until it is night in the soul. Thus it had been with these Jewish leaders. They were convinced that a divine power attended Christ, but in order to resist the truth, they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. In doing this they deliberately chose deception; they yielded themselves to Satan, and henceforth they were controlled by His power." DA 322-323


Harlot – “…for any woman who will allow the addresses of another man than her husband, who will listen to his advances, and whose ears will be pleased with the outpouring of lavish words of affection, of endearment, is an adultress and a harlot.” TM 434-435


Harp – Equated to psaltery – an instrument of music to sing praises to God. Psalms 71:22

Instrument that the victorious play in Revelation. Revelation 5:8, 14:2, 15:2

A device or experience for expressing the truth. Psalms 71:22

A device that one can not use freely when in rebellion against God and defeated by God’s enemies. Psalms 137:1-9


Harvest- Matthew 13:24-30 -  "…the harvest is the end of the age;…" Mt 13:39 NAS


Harvest- "The harvest is the end of probationary time." COL 72


Harvest- "The harvest is the end of the world." COL 72


Harvest of life- "Character is the great harvest of life." MB 9; ED 109


Head – “…the ancient and honourable he is the head.” Isaiah 9:15


Health – “A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.” Proverbs 13:17


Health – “The tongue of the wise is health.” Proverbs 12:18


Health- "Health is the reward of obedience to the laws of God." CDF 121


Heart – “A sound heart is the life of the flesh.” Proverbs 14:30


Heart – “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” Proverbs 14:30


Heart- "When Jesus speaks of the new heart, He means the mind, the life, the whole being.  To have a change of heart is to withdraw the affections from the world, and fasten them upon Christ. To have a new heart is to have a new mind, new purposes, new motives. What is the sign of a new heart? - a changed life." OHC 159


Heathen - "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican." Matthew 18:15-17