What does Shalom mean?


Shalom in Hebrew

Most Christians would be aware that the Hebrew word Shalom means peace. However, this is only a small part of the real meaning.

Strong’s Concordance defines it’s meaning as ‘completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord‘ – phew!

The root of Shalom is Shalam, meaning to be safe or complete. Related words are Shelem (to pay for) and Shulam (to be fully paid). Thus, when we refer to Yeshua as Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace), we can see the relationship – He ‘fully-paid’ the price for our redemption!

Similarly, when we ‘Pray for the Peace (Shalom) of Jerusalem’, we are claiming much more than peace, we are asking that she be completed.

YAHWEH bless you and keep you. YAHWEH make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. YAHWEH lift up His face upon you and give you SHALOM. In the name of SAR SHALOM (the Prince of Peace). Numbers 6:24-26

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17 Responses to What does Shalom mean?

  1. Anastasia says:

    Very interesting and insightful post. Here’s a random question, which I was looking for answers to when I stumbled upon your post — after Jesus rose from the dead and He greeted His disciples with “Peace be with you” (in English translation), was He really just saying “Hello” in Hebrew? Although now after having read your post it is clear that in Hebrew there is no “just hello” :), it means a myriad of blessings upon the person.

  2. frankie says:

    Thank you Been looking for over and hour for this infro.Very insightful…..

  3. carmen zaragosa says:

    Thank you !! Shalom, Shalom to you!!

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  5. Cissi says:

    This is very interesting, It is an eye opener for me. I love what Shalom means. Thanks for the post.

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  7. ntombhi says:

    my child’s name is shalom,i named her because i was telling GOD how happy iam for giving me peace……jehovah shalom

  8. Terry says:

    We obviously miss so very much when using English translation

  9. Debbie says:

    My husband and i were praying for my son, at the end of our prayer while laying hands on him, i felt the Holy Spirit encouraging me to speak SHALOM over him while holding my hand on the middle of his chest.
    We hugged and walked off to our separate doings when i felt an invitation to research the word SHALOM that it meant more than peace….so off i went to my ipad and through various searches landed on your page of your blog referencing SHALOM.
    Thank you, it ministered and together with the shared nudging from the Holy Spirit put a smile on my face and spirit.
    God is faithful and true,
    God bless you

  10. Victor Gudaku says:

    The Bible teaches that the goal of salvation is peace – shalom, peace with self, others and the creation. Shalom means wholeness, normal development, growth, and health.

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  12. Beverley says:

    Thanks for this, I kept seeing the word shalom on blogs, but as a Pentecostal I wasn’t sure what I was following, I thought it was the Muslim religion. Now I know I can go back and retread those posts, silly me, thank you for making it clear. Good posts

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  14. Tracey says:

    Shalom a word for me to use as the key to my safe place in times of worry. It took an age to find a trigger word to get me there in the heat of it all, here it is as simple as a word can sound yet have a thousand meanings. Thank you shalom.

  15. cliff kvanvig says:

    VERY helpful and interesting, but I still don’t get the inferences when Peace (capital p)” vs peace (lower case) is used. i.e. Prince of Peace. Compare Is. 53:5 with Luke 2:14. One seems to be a proper noun while the other defines the gift of His suffering. Can you help me there?

    • jdlaw75 says:

      The reference to Peace in Isaiah 53 is, of course, from the Hebrew ‘Shalom’. The Luke reference is the Greek word ‘Pax’ which doesn’t convey the depths of meaning found in the Hebrew word ‘Shalom’.

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