By Ed Vasicek Nov 04 2011 Hesed (aka, Chesed) 80% (4 votes) Agape (agapao) 20% (1 vote) Phile (phileo) 0% (0 votes) Ahavot 0% (0 votes) Total votes: 5 862 reads There are 2 Comments Of these 4 words, which carries the most depth? Ed Vasicek - Fri, 11/04/2011 - 3:16pm God's steadfast lovingkindness, his faithful mercy and love is best represented, in my opinion, by (c)hesed(h). I think that Romans 8:36-39 is a midrash on the latter part of Psalm 44, where Paul quotes vs. 22. The psalm ends with God's hesed (steadfast love, ESV), and thus vs. 37-39 are an application of the concept of hesed in the era of the Messiah (i.e, the church age). What are your views on which word is most potent and why? "The Midrash Detective" Chesed Aaron Blumer - Fri, 11/04/2011 - 9:17pm As a word, chesed is much richer. It's not the Greeks' fault, though. There is just so much more narrative, poetry and preaching in the OT employing the Hebrew term. Arguably, the NT usage of agape freights a whole lot of the OT chesed with it. But just looking at it sort of lexically, chesed is so wonderfully heavy. Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.