maranatha [mar-uh-nath-uh] ExamplesWord Origin interjection
- O Lord, come: used as an invocation in I Cor. 16:22.
Origin of maranatha Greek maranathá Aramaic māranā thā Examples from the Web for maranatha Historical Examples of maranatha
And when the crash ended, the Christians were murmuring together in awestruck voices, Maranatha!
Frederic W. Farrar
He never heard the midnight cry of Maranatha, but longed to be gathered to his fathers.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews
Thomas Charles Edwards
So anathema to editors, maranatha to publishers of all such hypothetical post-obits!
The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
Word Origin and History for maranatha Maranatha
late 14c., a Bible word, from Greek maranatha, untranslated Semitic word in I Cor. xvi:22, where it follows Greek anathema, and therefore has been taken as part of a phrase and used as “a curse.” Usually assumed to be from Aramaic maran atha “Our Lord has come,” which would make the common usage erroneous (see OED entry), but possibly it is a false transliteration of Hebrew mohoram atta “you are put under the ban,” which would make more sense in the context. [Klein]