“but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24 NASB Knows – yada’, yada’, yada’. Did you ever think that this colloquialism is the equivalent of […]

Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah saying, “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ Zechariah […]

I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.  Psalm 119:75  NASB Your judgments – I wonder if we can confidently echo David’s poetry.  Do we really know that the judgments of the Lord are righteous, every one of them?  The Hebrew is ki-tsedeq (righteous, just, justice, […]

Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.  Psalm 119:108  ESV Rules – Does the God of grace have rules?  You bet!  If you thought grace meant “no rules,” then you are not only Roman/Greek in your worldview, you have also never read Scripture in its own culture.  Just as […]

 But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.  Leviticus 18:26  ESV Rules/ abominations – The Hebrew word for “rules” in this verse is mishpat.  If we think of this word the way that we understand “rules,” we will […]

Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?”  Genesis 18:23  NASB Sweep away –  The Hebrew word translated “sweep away” is tispeh.  It comes from the root safah, a verb that means “to sweep away, to destroy, to consume.”  The consonants are Samech-Pey-Hey (to twist or turn, the […]

“Behold, My servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights.  I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.  Isaiah 42:1  NASB Justice – We have examined many times the wide range of meaning associated with the Hebrew word mishpat (just search the word mishpat […]

“But let the man who boasts, boast of this, that he understands and knows me.  For I am Yahweh who acts in steadfast loyalty, justice, and righteousness upon the earth; for in these things I delight – Yahweh’s word.” Jeremiah 9:24  J. A. Thompson translation. Delight – How would you answer this question:  What are […]