What is the difference between iniquity, sin, and transgression?


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In Psalm 32:5, the psalmist says, "I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.'" In this one verse, "sin," "iniquity," and ...

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Chattah, or חַטָּאתִ֨י = ḥaṭ-ṭā-ṯî -- "my sin" --which is most often translated as sin, means to miss the mark. 

Awon --or וַעֲוֺ֘נִ֤י = wa-‘ă-wō-nî --"and my iniquity", is a word that is often translated as iniquity, relates more to the inner character and points to an intentional twisting of a given standard.

Pesha, or פְ֭שָׁעַי = p̄ə-šā-‘ay -- "my transgressions" often translated as transgression, is more of a willful rebellion against the given standard. 

--Mike Leake and my own use of Psalm 32:5 Hebrew Text Analysis - Bible Hub

Most of us are familiar with the Greek term hamartia, meaning “sin,” which conveys the idea of falling short of the mark. We are made for the glory of God, but sin causes us to fall short of the mark. Transgression has the very basic idea of crossing the line. God has given us His law, and we cross the line. Iniquity has the sense in Psalm 51 for example, of “twistedness.” There is a twistedness in us as a consequence of this. --SF & RCS

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