And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
Exodus 14:17 (KJV)
Get me honor – How was God going to be honored by the pursuit of Pharaoh and his soldiers? We might suggest that God was going to be honored by their death in the Reed Sea. But I don’t think that’s the case. There’s a relationship to another story in Genesis that will reveal God’s meaning here. Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Honored by Pharaoh”
Thus saith the LORD: For three transgressions of Judah, yea, for four, I will not reverse it: because they have rejected the law of the LORD, and have not kept His statutes, and their lies have caused them to err, after which their fathers did walk.
Amos 2:4 (JPS)
Law – The law was not replaced by grace. Yeshua supports this, Paul supports this. It aligns with their Hebraic worldview. But it doesn’t fit so well with our Greek worldview does it? Continue reading “Torah, the Teachings of God”
And let every wise-hearted man among you come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded:
Exodus 35:10 (JPS)
Wise-hearted – When we think of wisdom, we often think of intelligence. We’d say it’s definitely something that comes from experience and resides in the mind of the person. Wisdom is a deepness in thought. Continue reading “Wisdom Resides in the Heart”
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.
Zephaniah 3:9 (KJV)
Language – I believe the pure language that is being referenced here is Hebrew. I believe it was the language God spoke when He created everything in Genesis. We know it’s the language spoken during the 1st century when referencing religious things (Acts 21:40), and it was the language Yeshua spoke to Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 26:14). So maybe it’s about time I learn it more fluently myself. Continue reading “Learning Hebrew – Part 1”
[…] and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, […]
Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)
Whom – I can’t stress this enough. The translation you use is filled with biases and the predefined paradigms of those who translated it. And that’s okay when we’re reading for the milk of the word, but we need to get technical if we’re going to chew on the meat. To understand what I’m talking about, let’s breakdown this verse in Zechariah. Continue reading “Who Was Pierced?”
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.
Exodus 6:3 (KJV)
Jehovah – When we talk about God, we seldom use His name. In fact, it could be said that the name “Yehovah” isn’t known to us either. But there’s a reason for this. The pronunciation of the tretragrammaton “YHVH” was hidden away long ago. Continue reading “The Pronunciation of YHVH”
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
Exodus 1:21 (KJV)
Houses – So did God actually come down and build a house for each of the midwives? Some translations have the word “families” instead. Maybe God gave the midwives families? Continue reading “One House for You, and Another for You”
Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God,
Deuteronomy 1:32 (KJV)
Believe – Back to our study about abstract and concrete concepts. Remember that Hebrews are very concrete in their language, so the Biblical concepts and worldviews will be rooted in concrete meanings that appeal to our senses. Greek concepts tend to be very abstract and are intangible. Continue reading “Abstract vs. Concrete – Part 2”
And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.
1 Samuel 2:35 (KJV)
Faithful – Hebrew is a language rooted in concrete meanings. Ancient Hebrew was written in ways that were tangible and touched the five senses. Greek and the Greek worldview are more familiar with abstract meanings. We see this in English translations all the time. Continue reading “Abstract vs. Concrete – Part 1”
Let’s look at the word “heart” in five different verses from the King James Bible. Continue reading “When Translations Get Out of Control”