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  1. O Lord, come: used as an invocation in I Cor. 16:22.
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Origin of maranatha

< Greek maranathá < Aramaic māranā thā
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Examples from the Web for maranatha

Historical Examples

  • And when the crash ended, the Christians were murmuring together in awestruck voices, Maranatha!

    Darkness and Dawn

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • He never heard the midnight cry of Maranatha, but longed to be gathered to his fathers.

  • So anathema to editors, maranatha to publishers of all such hypothetical post-obits!

Word Origin and History for 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]

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