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inherit, inheritance, heir


The term “inherit” refers to receiving something valuable from a parent after a parent dies. The term can also refer to receiving something valuable from some other person because of a special relationship with that person. An “inheritance” is the things that are received, and an “heir” is a person who receives an inheritance.

  • A physical inheritance that is received may be money, land, or other kinds of property.
  • God promised Abraham and his descendants that they would inherit the land of Canaan, that it would belong to them forever.

Translation Suggestions:

  • As always, consider first whether there are already terms in the target language for the concept of an heir or an inheritance, and use those terms.
  • Depending on the context, other ways that the term “inherit” could be translated might include “receive” or “possess” or “come into possession of.”
  • Ways to translate “inheritance” could include “promised gift” or “secure possession.”
  • The term “heir” could be translated with a word or phrase that means “privileged child who receives the father’s possessions.”
  • The term “heritage” could be translated as “inherited blessings.”

(See also: heir, Canaan, Promised Land, possess)

Bible References:

  • 1 Corinthians 6:9
  • 1 Peter 1:4
  • 2 Samuel 21:3
  • Acts 7:4-5
  • Deuteronomy 20:16
  • Galatians 5:21
  • Genesis 15:7
  • Hebrews 9:15
  • Jeremiah 2:7
  • Luke 15:11
  • Matthew 19:29
  • Psalm 79:1

Examples from the Bible stories:

  • 4:6 When Abram arrived in Canaan God said, “Look all around you. I will give to you and your descendants all the land that you can see as an inheritance.”
  • 27:1 One day, an expert in the Jewish law came to Jesus to test him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
  • 35:3 “There was a man who had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘Father, I want my inheritance now!’ So the father divided his property between the two sons.”

Word Data:

  • Strong’s: H2490, H2506, H3423, H3425, H4181, H5157, H5159, G28160, G28170, G28190, G28200