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What Does it Mean That God Is Jehovah-Rapha?

What does it mean when we say that God is Jehovah-Rapha, “The God who heals”? Contributing Writer
Jul 31, 2023
What Does it Mean That God Is Jehovah-Rapha?

Jehovah-Rapha Meaning

Jehovah Rapha can be traced back to two Hebrew words used in the Old Testament, which can mean “God who heals.”

“Jehovah,” which is derived from the Hebrew word Havah can be translated as “to be,” “to exist,” or “to become known.” The Hebraic translation of Rapha (râpâ) means “to restore” or “to heal.”

Jehovah-Rapha is also recognized as Yahweh-Rapha.

Where is Jehovah-Rapha in the Bible?

God first revealed Himself as Jehovah-Rapha to the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt.

After three days of wandering in the Desert of Shur, the Israelites desperately needed water. They discovered a river. However, the waters were unfit to drink. As a reflection of the quality of the water and their emotional disposition, the Israelites named the river  Mahra (bitter).

God divinely cleansed the waters by instructing Moses to throw a piece of wood into the water, thereby making it drinkable.

Following this miracle, God declared Himself as Jehovah Rapha to His people by proclaiming, 

“If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

This promise was also a gesture of assurance from God to the Israelites, who had borne witness to the ten plagues that God had released over all of Egypt prior to their release from slavery.

In What Ways Does God Heal as Jehovah-Rapha?

The varying manifestations of God’s tremendous healing power as Jehovah-Rapha can be found in the following biblical passages to combat the following:

Old Testament References to God as the Healer

The following are a few biblical references that refer to Jehovah-Rapha in the Old Testament:

Psalm 103:3: “Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,”

Psalm 147:3: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 30:26: “The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.”

Jeremiah 30:17: “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.”

Jeremiah 33:6: “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”

Hosea 6:1: “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.

Jehovah-Rapha in the New Testament

The prophet Isaiah foreshadowed the healing ministry of Jesus in Isaiah 61:1. The Apostle Matthew confirmed this in Matthew 8:17.

In the New Testament, Jesus is known as the Great Physician (Mark 2:17). The four gospels record the various healing miracles that Jesus performed, including the following:

- Healing a man with leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4)

- Forgiving and healing a paralyzed man (Mark 2:5-12)

- Raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41-44)

- Restoring the eyesight of two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31)

- Healing a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years (Luke 8:42-48)

- Healing of a multitude of people from touching Jesus’ garment in Gennesaret (Mark 6:53-56)

Jesus’ healing incorporated the qualities that Jehovah-Rapha bestowed upon the Israelites of the Old Testament – healing from physical ailment as well as spiritual healing through forgiveness (James 5:14-16).

Is the Name Jehovah-Rapha Relevant to Us Today?

We can call upon Jehovah-Rapha today to heal us of our physical ailments and to provide redemption for our sins. Through the power of the blood of the Great Physician – Jesus Christ –, we can rise from our old sinful life as new creations in eternal fellowship with God.

Additionally, as the Israelites were cleansed of their bitter hearts and resentment at the river Mahra, so we can ask God to examine our hearts and cleanse them of bitterness, pride, and other afflictions of the heart that are rooted in sin (Psalm 51:10).

A Prayer to Jehovah-Rapha

Father God, we need your healing. I lift up my need to you, Jehovah-Rapha for healing from past hurts and physical pains that cause harm to my spiritual growth. I reach out to you and receive the healing that you alone can provide. I need whole body healing Lord. Fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit to help bring healing to others. May my scars minister to those who need encouragement. Help me to walk in wholeness and newness of life today and forever more until I have a perfected, holy, fully healed body in your presence in heaven. Amen.


Madeline Twooney is a Christian writer and blogger. She is British but grew up in Australia and now lives in Germany with her husband and their one-eared pussycat. Madeline has written articles for SheLoves, Converge, and Ruminate Magazine, and is a freelance contributor for YMI Magazine. In her spare time, she gets creative as a freelance Special Effects Makeup artist, and she dances to Sister Sledge whilst cooking. You can contact Madeline at [email protected] or Tweet her at @MTwooney.

What Does Jehovah Mean in the Old Testament?



Proper Name

Jehovah = "the existing One"

  1. the proper name of the one true God
    1. unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of 0136

(Excerpted from "Yehovah Hebrew Meaning - Old Testament Lexicon")

What Does Rapha Mean in the Old Testament?




  1. to heal, make healthful
    1. (Qal) to heal
      1. of God
      2. healer, physician (of men)
      3. of hurts of nations involving restored favour (fig)
      4. of individual distresses (fig)
    2. (Niphal) to be healed
      1. literal (of persons)
      2. of water, pottery
      3. of national hurts (fig)
      4. of personal distress (fig)
    3. (Piel) to heal
      1. literal
      2. of national defects or hurts (fig)
    4. (Hithpael) in order to get healed (infinitive)

(Excerpted from "Rapha' Hebrew Meaning - Old Testament Lexicon")

Prayers to Jehovah-Rapha for Healing

Jehovah Rapha, You are the God who is our Healer. We come before you today on behalf of those in our lives who are sick. Lord, we know that You never wish for us to be sick, but You have allowed it in our sinful world. We pray that You would reveal Your great comfort to them today. Help them to feel seen and cared for by You. Father, give them hope and gratitude even when in bed or stuck at home. Show them Your love through other people as they look out at nature and in their times praying and reading Your Word. Give them a special sense of victory today. Amen. - Emma Danzey

Dear Lord, suffering from the mental anguish of emotional scars that feel like they can't be healed is heartbreaking. Please pour Your merciful love and peace into the heart of anyone trying to manage this invisible pain and soothe every wounded soul with the healing power of Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Tracie Miles

Lord Jesus, thank you that you love [name of the person who needs healing]. I know that you hate what their illness is doing to them/me. I ask that you would heal this disease that you would have compassion and bring healing from all sickness.

Your word says in Psalm 107:19-20 that when we call out to you, the Eternal One, you will give the order, heal, and rescue us from certain death. I have read of miraculous healing in the Bible, and I believe that you still heal the same way today. I believe that there is no illness you cannot heal; after all, the bible tells of you raising people from the dead, so I ask for your healing in this situation.

I also know from my experience of life on Earth that not everyone is healed. If that happens here, keep my heart soft towards you, help me understand your plan, and help me be excited about heaven.

God, I thank you that [name of the person who needs healing] belongs to you and that you are in control of everything that happens from our first breath to our last sigh. Amen. - Wendy van Eyck

(Excerpted from "Healing Prayers for Body, Mind and Soul")

Further Reading:

Why Should We Know God as "Jehovah Rapha"?

5 Powerful Ways Jesus Still Heals Today

Prayers for Healing That Bring Daily Strength and Comfort

Why Do We Call on God as ‘Jehovah Rapha’ for Healing?

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