Origin of English word CREED

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[ KH-R-D]


to tremble with awe


CREED is said to be from Latin credere (to trust, believe). Searching for historical CREDENTIALS, the dictionary offers the INCREDULOUS etymology:

"probably from Indo-European base kred (heart) + She (to place, do)."

חרד K[H]aRayD is defined as "God-fearing" and as "Orthodox" in different dictionaries. The Concordance offers "reverence." The more literal Bible translations prefer "tremble" for Isaiah66:5 - "hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His word. . ." The 1978 JPS Bible renders the same phrase, "You who are concerned about His word." In both cases, a CREDO of reverential CREDENCE is the issue. ח-ר-ד The K[H]-R-D verb means "rallying to" or "following after" a leader from a sense of fear (ISamuel13:7).

A related guttural-liquid-dental word of fear is  ערץ Ayin-Resh-Tsadi, to fear (Deuteronomy 1:29), with a scrambling of the same basic letter -sounds to Resh-Ayin-Dalet, terror, trembling (Exodus 15:15 – see RATTLE and TERROR.)  Only the anatomically-correct, original human language links CARDIO (the physical heart) with CREDENCE (the beliefs that make us tremble)… as the heart is the trembler.


CREDIT, INCREDIBLE and (S)CARED are some of the more common branches.   It may not be spiritual, but extending l;oans on CREDIT is also an act of faith.  Less so in other languages, German credit is Kredit, CREDITS in English have come to mean acknowledgements.  But  ACREDITATION is originally about faith. Even when CREDENTIALS can be somewhat verified, a potential employer needs a leap of faith.

With the , Dalet/4 of חרד K[H]aRayD   rolled back to Gimel/3] is merely  K[H]aRaG (to quake). At a higher level, our etymon’s Dalet/4 up to Hey/5,  faith causes action - HeK[H]eRaH (to do with zeal).

DREAD is possibly related. The initial D might not belong on the Indo-European base dhredh (to fear), and Het-resh-Dalet can be read [K]HaRaD.  GHaRaTS (fear – see the Deutronomy quote above)  has fed German grausen (horror).  German grausam (cruelty) may seem unrelated to Ayin-Resh-Tsadi, but a later extension, GHRaReeYTSOOT means ruthlessness. t is unclear how RATHER was traced to an Indo-European “root” called kret (to shake), but the sound and sense belong here at K[H]aReD.  In Irish cairde, covenant   and cretid, believes, are  from  K[H]aRaD, to be godfearing, to tremble before the Lord, just as  Irish cride, heart, is that organ which is Het-Resh-Dalet trembling. 

 For the COWED (intimidated), COWARD and Japanese kowai (afraid, scared), it is likely that COWER (to cringe from fear) is a Het-Resh-Dalet word

That dropped its D. COWER is traced by the AHD to the improbable Indo-European “root” ku

(seen at CUBBY),  Icelandic kura, to crouch, did seem relevant to COWER, but kura is better covered bt KoR[A]h, kneel, stooped and crouched in Genesis 49:9. The heart is the trembler – see CARDIO and HEART.

Bible Verses

Isaiah 66:5 שׁמעו דבר־יהוה החרדים אל־דברו אמרו אחיכם שׂנאיכם מנדיכם למען שׁמי יכבד יהוה ונראה בשׂמחתכם והם יבשׁו׃

“Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at His word: Your brethren that hate you, that cast you out for My name's sake, have said: ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may gaze upon your joy,’ but they shall be ashamed.”



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