Posts Tagged ‘strength’

Backwards Theology

“Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, they whose strength is their god.” Habakkuk 1:11 NASB Whose strength – Let’s have a little fun today. The assumed root of the word koho (“whose strength) is khh, that is, a Kaf followed by two Chets. This…

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An Army of One

“I love You, O Lord, my strength.” Psalm 18:1 (English version) NASB  Strength – The Hebrew word, hezqa, means “strength.” There is no argument about this nor is it unusual. But David often does something with words that make them different, and in this verse, he uses the root hezeq, the only place in Scripture…

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When Is Enough?

My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails. Psalm 71:8-9 NASB Not forsake – Hebrew poetry puts words in order of importance, not English syntax. Our translations rearrange the words…

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The Cure and the Warning

From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
because of Your adversaries,
to make the enemy and the revengeful cease.  Psalm 8:2  NASB Established strength – According to Rabbi Munk, this verse teaches “that Israel’s protection from harm depends on the Torah study of its innocent children.”[1]  Don’t dismiss his comment too quickly. …

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Success Plan

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. Psalm 103:11  (Hebrew World) So great – If you want the revamped lyrics to this psalm, turn to Romans 8:38-39.  Death, life, angels, principalities, present, future, powers, height, depth or anything in the created universe…

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The Best Dressed Woman

Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future.  Proverb 31:25 (NASB) Clothing – Paul might have instructed all of us to put on the new man like a new suit of clothes, but Lemuel’s mother knew how to dress a woman.  The best dressed woman in God’s creation is clothed with…

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Ruling Power

The sovereign rejoices in Your strength, O YHWH; and how greatly he exults in Your deliverance! Psalm 21:1 (Institute of Scripture Research) In Your strength – Politicians of all flavors seem to think of themselves as royalty.  They act as if they hold exalted offices, exempting them from common decency (and common sense).  In contrast,…

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Three Together

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10 NASB Strong/Strength/Might – Empowering people is a common expression in today’s management practices. What does it mean? Usually it entails delegation of responsibility and authority. That means the boss gives you the right to make choices, execute them and be…

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Double Down

YHWH, in Your strength the king rejoices and in Your deliverance how he rejoices greatly!  Psalm 21:2 (Hebrew text, my translation) Strength / Deliverance – It’s Oz, but there’s no wizard.  It’s deliverance but there’s no background music.  Of course, you have to be “old” to understand these allusions.  I won’t apologize for that.  Age…

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