We have seen two previous religious Hebrew Tattoos from the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible which have very obvious mistakes. These religious Hebrew Tattoos are from Psalm 63 and Isaiah 41. But it is not just the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible where people get bad Hebrew Tattoos from. Bad Hebrew Tattoos also come from people who try to copy Hebrew from the New Testament.
The most famous verse in the whole of the New Testament is probably John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This is written in Hebrew as follows:
This shows the Delitzsch Hebrew New Testament and the Salkinson-Ginsberg Hebrew New Testament.
Now, this is such a famous verse that many people want to get a Hebrew Tattoo showing it. Sounds easy, right? All you do is copy the verse from the New Testament in Hebrew and dump it on to your Hebrew Tattoo, right? It probably would be that easy if you knew Hebrew and had a tattoo artist who also knew Hebrew, but sadly that is rarely the case. Instead, copying a chunk of Hebrew like this is very likely to lead to some terrible mistakes in your Hebrew Tattoo.
To prove the point, here is a bad Hebrew Tattoo where exactly this has happened:
If you compare this Hebrew Tattoo with the correct Hebrew above, you will notice many mistakes. Many of the Hebrew letters are wrong – they have been confused with other Hebrew letters which look fairly similar (at least to beginners). For instance, Bet and Kaf have been mixed up, as have Resh and Heh, and Vav and Final Nun.
Mixing up Hebrew letters in Hebrew Tattoos happens all the time. That’s a real pity, because you will have a bad Hebrew Tattoo for the rest of your life. And these Hebrew Tattoo mistakes are easy to avoid. It is much easier if you just spend a little time and learn the Hebrew Alphabet properly. Our page Hebrew Letters That Look Alike explains Hebrew letters that are commonly confused. Learn the differences between those letters, and you will probably avoid nearly all the mistakes that are made again and again in Hebrew Tattoos.