Tag Archives: return

Ping-Pong Repentance

“Come, let us return to the LORD, for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.”  Hosea 6:1  ESV Return – “Although ‘in their distress’ (5:15) the Israelites do indeed resolve ‘come, let us return to Yahweh’ (6:1), the people are not really… Read More »

Once More Only

For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved,
 in quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing, . .  Isaiah 30:15  NASB Repentance – Once before we looked at this verse, but we didn’t mention that the Hebrew word shuva… Read More »

The Return of Reason

“But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
 And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.”  Daniel 4:34  NASB Returned – Nebuchadnezzar… Read More »

What Should I Do With You?

“You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD: When men fall, do they not rise again?  If one turns away, does he not return?”  Jeremiah 8:4  ESV Turns away/return – Doesn’t God’s broken heart ache for His children?  It’s difficult for us to imagine what that pain must be.  The perfect Father who wishes… Read More »

Double Deal

Thus Naomi returned from the country of Moab; she returned with her daughter-in-law Ruth the Moabite.  Ruth 1:22  JPS Returned – Did you ask, “Why is this verb repeated?”  Isn’t it enough to say, “Thus Naomi returned”?  Why say it twice – unless there is something for us to learn from this reoccurrence?  The literal… Read More »

The Partial Future

But Naomi replied, “Turn back, my daughters!  Why should you go with me?  Have I more sons in my body who might be husbands for you?”   Ruth 1:11 Turn back – Once again we encounter the verb shuv in this story.  One commentator points out that shuv in Jeremiah has seventeen different nuances.  We should… Read More »

Personal Shuv

 They broke into weeping and said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.”  Ruth 1:9-10  JPS Return – Literally this verse reads, “No, it is with you that we return to your people.”  Eskenazi points out that the focus of the women’s concern is Naomi, not their personal plight nor their… Read More »

In and Out

 So she departed from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.  Ruth 1:7  NASB Departed from/ to return – Doesn’t this verse seem redundant?  Doesn’t it say the same thing too many times?  You’ve probably never asked why… Read More »

Perfection Perfected

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 Restoring the Soul – How is my soul restored?  The answer is obvious as soon as I recognize the consonant root of this word, meshivat.  It is shuv, used more than 1000… Read More »

Return To Me

. . . remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12 Covenants Of Promise – “Come back to Me,” says the Lord. The Hebrew verb, shuv, is used more… Read More »