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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lamentations 3:11 – Turned Aside and Torn Apart

Lamentations 3:11 - He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

derek - way, road, distance, journey, manner
sur - to turn aside, to depart
pashach - to tear in pieces
sum or sim - to put, to place, to set
shamem - devastated, desolate

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He has turned aside my ways, my journey, my manner. He has torn me in pieces. He has devastated me, He has made me desolate.
 
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Lamentations 3:10 – He is Waiting to Pounce

Lamentations 3:10 - He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

dob - a bear
arab - to lie in wait, to ambush
hu or hi - he, she, it, this
ari - a lion
mistar - a secret place, a hiding place

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He is to me as a bear lying in wait to ambush me. He is like a lion that is hidden and waiting.
 
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lamentations 3:9 – My Way Blocked and Perverted

Lamentations 3:9 - He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

gadar - to wall up or off, to build a wall
derek - way, road, distance, journey, manner
gazith - a cutting, a hewing, stone
nathiyb - pathway, traveler, way
avah - do amiss, bow down, make crooked, commit iniquity, pervert, do perversely, trouble, turn

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He has built a wall of cut stoned to block my way. He has made my pathway, my journey, my manner, to be crooked, to be perverted.
 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lamentations 3:8 – I Cry, But I'm Shut Out

Lamentations 3:8 - Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

gam - also, moreover, yea
ki - that, for, when, because
zaaq - to cry, to cry out, to call
shava - to cry out (for help)
satham - to stop up, to shut up, to keep close
tephillah - prayer

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Yes. When I cry out and when I call for help, He shuts out my prayer.
 
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lamentations 3:7 – Walled In and Bound

Lamentations 3:7 - He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

gadar - to wall up or off, to build a wall
baad - away from, behind, about, on behalf of, through
lo - not, no
yatsa - to go or come out, went
kabad or kabed - to be heavy, weighty, or burdensome, honored
nechosheth - copper, bronze

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He has built a wall around me so that I can not come and go. He has made me a heavy and burdensome chain of copper and bronze.
 
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Lamentations 3:6 – In the Dark Like the Dead

Lamentations 3:6 - In dark places He has made me dwell, like those who have long been dead. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

machshak - dark place
yashab - to sit, to remain, to dwell, inhabitants
muth - to die
olam - long duration, antiquity, futurity

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In the dark place He has made me to sit, to remain, to dwell, like those who are long dead.
 
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lamentations 3:5 – Surrounded

Lamentations 3:5 - He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

banah - to build, built
al - upon, above, over
naqaph - compass about, cut down, destroy, go round about, enclose, round
rosh - (a bitter and poisonous herb) venom, poison
telaah - weariness, hardship

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He has built all around me a barricade of venom, of poison, of weariness, and hardship.
 
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lamentations 3:4 – He Has Broken Me

Lamentations 3:4 - He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

balah - to become old, to wear out
basar - flesh
or - a skin
shabar - to break, to break in pieces
etsem - bone, substance, self

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He has made me old and has worn me out. He is wasting away my flesh and my skin. He has broken me--my bones, my substance, my self.
 
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Lamentations 3:3 – Disciplined All the Day

Lamentations 3:3 - Surely against me He has turned His hand repeatedly all the day. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

ak - surely, howbeit, only
shub - to turn back, return
haphak - to turn, overturn
yad - hand
kol - the whole, all
yom - day

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Surely He has repeatedly come to me, and has turned His hand against, me all the day.
 
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lamentations 3:2 – Driven into Darkness

Lamentations 3:2 - He has driven me and made me walk in darkness and not in light. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Lamentations 3:1, in which the speaker expresses his experience of being disciplined by God.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

eth - untranslatable mark of the accusative case
nahag - acquaint, bring away, carry away, drive away, lead away, forth, be guide, lead away
halak - to go, come, walk
choshek - darkness, obscurity
lo - not, no
or - a light

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He has brought me away, He has carried me away, He has driven me away, and made me to walk in darkness, to walk in obscurity, and not in light.
 
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lamentations 3:1 – He Has Beaten Me

Lamentations 3:1 - I am the man who has seen affliction because of the rod of His wrath. (NASB)

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

ani - I, myself, alone
geber - man
raah - to see
oniy - depression, misery
shebet - rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe
ebrah - overflow, arrogance, fury, wrath

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I am the man who has seen depression, who has seen misery, because of the rod, because of the staff, because of the club, of His fury, of His wrath, of His overflow.
 
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Psalm 119:8 – I Will Do It!

Psalm 119:8 - I shall keep Your statutes; do not forsake me utterly! (NASB)

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

eth - untranslatable mark of the accusative case
choq - something prescribed or owed, statutes
shamar - to keep, to watch, to preserve
al - not (a subjective negative)
azab - leave, self
ad - as far as, even to, up to, until, while
meod - very, muchness, force, abundance
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Your prescriptions, Your requirements, Your statutes, I will watch, I will keep, I will preserve. Please do not leave me completely alone and without You!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Psalm 119:7 – My Thanks and My Life

Psalm 119:7 - I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Psalm 119:5, in which the speaker longs for the day when his life is firmly established in, and directed by, God's commands.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

yadah - thanks, to throw, cast
yosher - straightness, uprightness
lebab - inner man, mind, will, heart
lamad - to exercise in, to learn, to teach
mishpat - judgment, justice
tsedeq - rightness, righteousness

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I will cast my thanks, I will shower my thanks, on You in the straightness and uprightness of my inner man, my mind, my will, my heart, when I learn, when I practice, and when I teach, the judgments of Your rightness, Your righteousness.
 
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Psalm 119:6 – I Won't Be Ashamed

Psalm 119:6 - Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Your commandments. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Psalm 119:5, in which the speaker longs for the day when his life is firmly established in, and directed by, God's commands.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

az - then, at that time
lo - no, not
bosh - to be ashamed
nabat - to look
el - against, to, into, towards
kol - the whole, all
mitsvah - commandment, commandments

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When that happens, I won't be ashamed to lean on, to look toward, and look into, all of Your commandments.
 
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Psalm 119:5 – I So Want to Do This!

Psalm 119:5 - Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes! (NASB)


Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

achalay - Oh, O! would that!
kun - established, to be firm
derek - way, road, distance, journey, manner
shamar - to keep, watch, preserve
choq - statutes, something prescribed or owed

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Oh! If only my way, my road, my journey, my manner would be firmly established to keep, to watch, to preserve Your prescription, Your requirements, Your statutes!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Psalm 119:4 – Made to Follow

Psalm 119:4 - You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently. (NASB)

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

attah - yourself, you
tsavah - to lay charge upon, give charge to, command, order
piqqud - precepts, a precept
shamar - to keep, watch, preserve
meod - very, muchness, force, abundance

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You have commanded, You have charged, You have ordered Your precepts to be watched greatly, to be preserved forcefully, to be kept in abundance.


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Psalm 119:3 – They Do Right

Psalm 119:3 - They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways. (NASB)

The above verse continues the thoughts begun in Psalm 119:1-2. Verse 3 reinforces the fact that those who love God's commands also do them, and follow in God's example.

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

aph - also, yea
lo - no, not
paal - do, make
evel - iniquity, injustice, unrighteousness
derek - way, road, distance, journey, manner
halak - go, to go, come, walk

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Yes! They also do/make no iniquity, they do/make no injustice, they do/make no unrighteousness. Instead, they walk in His way, they walk His road, they go His distance, they walk His journey, they walk in His manner.


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Psalm 119:2 – Keep and Seek

Psalm 119:2 - How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart. (NASB)

Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.

esher - happiness, blessedness
natsar - to watch, guard, keep
edah - testimony
kol - the whole, all
leb - inner man, mind, will, heart
darash - to resort to, seek

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Oh the happiness, oh the blessedness, of those who watch, who guard, who keep His testimony and who, with their whole inner man, their whole mind, their whole will, their whole heart, resort to, seek, Him.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Psalm 119:1 – Walk in the Law

Psalm 119:1 - How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the LORD. (NASB)
 
Break it down: Let’s look at the key Hebrew words in the passage and their meanings.
 
esher - happiness, blessedness
derek - way, road, distance, journey, manner
tamim - defect, complete, sound
halak - go, to go, come, walk

torah - law, direction, instruction
Yhvh - Yahweh, Jehovah, God

 
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Oh the happiness, oh the blessedness, of those whose way, whose road, whose journey, whose manner is complete, is sound, is without defect, who go, who walk in the law, in the direction, in the instruction of Yahweh, of Jehovah, of God.

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