God in the Weeds

He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s slave woman, from where have you come, and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”  Genesis 16:8 NASB From the presence – How easy it is to forget that Hebrew is concrete!  Removing the physical element by translating according to our social…

Wild Horses

He has broken my strength in the way; He has shortened my days.  Psalm 102:23  NASB Has broken – Read it again.  What does the psalmist mean?  Has God “broken” the poet?  Has He shattered his strength?  Has God ridden the wildness out of you?  Did you buck and kick and finally submit?  Is that what…

I’m Fine

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Psalm 25:16 NASB Afflicted – Context, context, context. That’s the way you would determine the meaning of this Hebrew term, ʿānâ. It’s important because the consonants of this word are the same for two other meanings. These are designated ʿānâ I, II…