In this case the foreign word was the Latin perdonare: forgive. But not really, because per- “through” or “by,” and donare, “to give”; so it’s really not “forgiving.” You’ll see why in a minute. The compound, the underlying sense of it, was “to give wholeheartedly.” “To forgive in its roots at the beginning from where it came from: to give wholeheartedly. These two elements were translated in prehistoric Germanic times and assembled to give forgeban, which came to the German vergeben, Dutch vergeven and English forgiven.” So it is not even an English word.
And the better picture I can paint for you is this word here. I looked up the words forgiven and forgiveness in the Strong’s Concordance; you will find this word is very seldom being used. But if you start to reference and see how it’s being used, it is “to be released.” Now I hope I can do this properly, because it will kind of summarize for today what I want to say. Remember I said a couple of minutes ago, “the blood, His blood.” I said, “What would propitiate God?” As human beings, we need to feel expiated. We need to feel like we’ve been cleansed, that expiation is like all of what I walked through in my life that made me “dirty,” I want to feel now, because I believe I want to be expiated. I want to feel cleansed. And there’s a twofold, maybe threefold, action that goes on with this blood, which is the cleansing power. What good is it to say your sins are forgiven if you can’t say, “I’m made clean by the blood of the Lamb”? What good is it to say, like two people who have an argument, “I forgive you”?