A Verse to Remember

“ . . . reckoning the crime of fathers with sons and sons with sons, to the third generation and the fourth.”  Exodus 34:7  Alter This was supposed to go out on October 8, but the server missed the schedule. Reckoning – Robert Alter’s attempt to render the Hebrew pāqad avoids the totally misdirected implication…

Read It Again

who keeps faithfulness for thousands, who forgives wrongdoing, violation of His Law, and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, inflicting the punishment of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”  Exodus 34:7  NASB Yet by no means leave – This is a bit tricky, so pay attention.  Here is…

Hidden Contradictions?

who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”  Exodus 34:7  NASB No means leave the guilty unpunished – Exodus 34:6-7 is one of the most important passages in the…

Is that ALL?

Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.  Exodus 3:16 NASB Indeed concerned– Frankly, this translation is pathetic.  I don’t mean it…

Generational Gymnastics (1)

who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”  Exodus 34:7 NASB Visiting – Does God pass iniquity to the children of sinful fathers? Or…

Things That I Used To Do

You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death! 1 Kings 17:18 NASB Iniquity – This word, translated “iniquity,” is one of the principal words for sin and evil found in the Old Testament (awon in Hebrew). This word carries the idea of something twisted, something…

A Capricious Judge

“You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” Amos 3:2 NASB Punish – Consider the difficulties created by translating paqad with the word “punish” in this verse. The translation makes you think either 1) God has decided to punish Israel because He…

God’s Grandchildren

But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, Psalm 103:17 NASB To children’s children – What’s the connection? Hesed operates between related parties. It isn’t like grace (hen). Hesed presupposes some already-existing connection. Once in place, hesed governs the continuing relationship…

Breakers

Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, but they have revolted against Me.”  Isaiah 1:2  NASB Revolted – God speaks to Israel and Judah, but His words have the same condemning impact on us.  “They have revolted” is the Hebrew pashoo.  The truth is…

Generational Non-Curses

Nevertheless I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him ruler all the days of his life, for the sake of My servant David whom I chose, who observed My commandments and My statutes;  1 Kings 11:34  NASB For the sake of – Let’s see now.  The usual…