Word Study on Exhaustion (Part 1)

Exhausted.

Definition:

“Completely or almost completely depleted of resources or contents; depleted of energy : extremely tired”

(taken from Merriam-Webster)

There are a lot of Hebrew words that can be translated as exhaustion in the Old Testament. I don’t actually understand a lot of Hebrew anything, so forgive me if I make a mistake as I attempt to go into what they are and what they mean.

Pagar (פָגַר) simply means to be exhausted or faint. It is the word used in 1 Samuel, when the men with David were simply too exhausted to continue.

Here is the story leading up to this point.

“When David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep.” -1 Samuel 30:3-4

“Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” -1 Samuel 30:6

“Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Please bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” And He said to him, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.” So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those left behind remained.” – 1 Samuel 30:7-9

“But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for two hundred who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor remained behind.” -1 Samuel 30:10

This is among my very favorite stories in the Bible, primarily because of what happens next.

By the blessing of the LORD, David and his men return with their wives and children along with much spoil.

“When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. 

Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart.” 

Then David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us. And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.” 

So it has been from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.” -1 Samuel 30:21-25


Kashal (כָּשַׁל) means to stumble or totter, or more specifically to be brought down. It is often referring to feebleness that is caused by sin or God’s judgment of sin, and is the most frequently used word translated as exhausted.

Interestingly enough, this one of the many words for weariness or tiredness used in the famous Isaiah 40 passage:

“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;” -Isaiah 40:30-31a

That phrase “stumble badly” is Kashal, to be brought down or to totter. So perhaps this verse means something closer to a statement that even the most physically strong will fall, and even the most vigorous will be brought down, but those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength.

Here are a few more instances of Kashal:

“Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.” -Isaiah 35:3-4

“But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by the instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of hosts.” -Malachi 2:8

They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength to stand up before your enemies.” -Leviticus 26:37

“But a man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel nor with any of the sons of Ephraim. But if you do go, do it, be strong for the battle; yet God will bring you down before the enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down.” – 2 Chronicles 25:7-8


Yaeph (יָעַף) means to be weary or to be faint and seems to be often used when talking about fruitless and exhausting labor.

This word is also frequently used in Isaiah 40.

For instance:

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.” -Isaiah 40:28

“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly” -Isaiah 40:30

“Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.” -Isaiah 40:31

Another instance of Yaeph is Jeremiah 51:58.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts,

“The broad wall of Babylon will be completely razed
And her high gates will be set on fire;
So the peoples will toil for nothing,
And the nations become exhausted only for fire.” -Jeremiah 51:58

An interesting use of Yaeph is in Daniel. I will back up a bit to get context.

“In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 

So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said,

“Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.

Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.”

-Daniel 9:2-6

In great distress of soul Daniel pleads with God. You can read the whole thing here (and I would highly recommend it), but for the sake of this post I will not give the entire thing.

I will however, give the end of it.

“So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary. 

O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. 

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

-Daniel 9:17-19

Before doing this word study I do not remember coming across this verse, although I think I’ve read Daniel through before. It may now, perhaps, be among my favorite of verses.

After this comes the part where Yaeph is used.

“Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.”

Daniel’s attention and love towards the city of the LORD was so great that he was in extreme weariness.


Yaga or Yagea (יָגַע) means to toil, grow, or be weary; also to gasp, have pain, or suffer. It is the second most frequently used word for exhausted in the Bible.

Here are some instances the word Yaga:

“I am accounted wicked,
Why then should I toil in vain?” -Job 9:29

I am weary with my sighing;
Every night I make my bed swim,
I dissolve my couch with my tears.” -Psalm 6:6

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.” -Proverbs 23:4

You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?” -Malachi 2:17

“Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly” -Isaiah 40:30


I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! This is one of my favorite things to do. Part two will be on Greek words for exhaustion.

As you may well guess….. I’ve been pretty exhausted within the past couple weeks that I’ve been working on this post. Lately, it has mostly been physical exhaustion, which sleeping in today helped to remedy. But spiritual and mental exhaustion have also been coming my way. Exhaustion of my patience is probably what I’m struggling with most right now.

You might very well be exhausted in some way right now.

Maybe it’s a good kind of exhausted from working hard, and you are looking forward to a restful night with that nice feeling in your limbs somewhere between sore and tired.

Perhaps, like me your patience is running thin and you don’t know whether you will have the strength to answer gently to your siblings.

Or maybe you are so mentally exhausted you can only look forward to a restless night of anxiety.

You might even be spiritually exhausted, unable to put up any form of defense to the lies creeping into your soul.

Let me tell you: God is there for you. He knows you. He can help you. God bless you!

This week’s song is Worn, by Tenth Avenue North.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” -Galatians 6:9-10 (NASB)

*All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

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Hello again……

Hello! It’s been a little while since I last posted! I sort of had a month-long unannounced hiatus thing. Basically for the last four or five Saturdays something was going on or I was just too busy.

I have no idea how often I’ll be posting in the future, although I know I want to take a complete break in August. I love blogging and I greatly enjoy it and it means a lot to me that people read my blog, so thank you so much!

My life has in so many ways been kinda crazy lately. God has been teaching me so much that I can’t even begin to tell all of y’all. Above all….He is there. Always. No matter what.

He has been showing me that everything apart from Him can fall apart and will fall apart. Yet through it all, He is not only there, but He is who He is, loving, gracious, merciful, just, and true, in everything. He’s been teaching me that emotion is not something to run from and that I need brothers and sisters alongside me.

So here I am again.

In case you were wondering Oliver is doing splendidly. He is in the process of being weaned…..which he does not quite admire. I’m sure he would prefer a little bit more milk but he’s getting big and he needs to start eating grass as his primary source of food.

As for goats……they’re all big and weaned and off somewhere having the time of there lives, whatever that means. I don’t keep track of them very well. I have typically been sticking with cows and chickens. And my dog.

About three weeks I got some (aka a lot) of nice shots of scenery around here and I just now got to editing and processing them and spent most of yesterday trying to figure out why they wouldn’t upload.

So now, to make this an actual post here are my favorites.

The sunbeams were awesome.

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This was a super sweet momma cow and her calf.

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Two with grass as foreground.

And of course after a while……Oliver saw me. As he hadn’t yet had his bottle at that point, he came running. I was just barely able to snap this picture before he was slobbering all over my jeans.

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A yellow rose with pink highlights.

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And finally, a silhouette of some blooming roses set against a fading sunset.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for all the nominating and tagging! I really appreciate it even though, I don’t think I do very many of them, at least not any time soon.

This week’s featured song is My Portion and My Strength by Ellie Holcomb.

 

May you find your portion and your strength in Him!

God be with you.

“But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”

-Psalm 3:3 (NASB)

Do Our Petty Struggles Matter to God?

Do you ever feel stuck? Like you long to live wholeheartedly for God and something just keeps holding you back?

If there is one thing in America that keeps us from following after God, it is ourselves. We are taught to value individuality and identity so much that we begin to doubt if we even have such things. We don’t look to God to see what is keeping us back; we look at ourselves and then compare to our surroundings.

When I feel stuck, too often my reaction is to think on what a petty life and petty struggles I have.

The small, mundane, petty, ridiculous struggles are what we must conquer, and find joy in the midst of, right now. God will use the struggles we have and the temptations we face – even the petty ones – to strengthen us. When we overcome our day to day struggles, we grow in steadfastness and in diligence.  We need to grow right now, right where we are.


Do you feel stuck behind you own efforts?

Do you feel like you will never grow, never get beyond this place where you are now? Turn to God. Turn to the One who is higher than you, higher than you could ever imagine. And yet, He is as close beside you as ever, just waiting for you to knock.

Reach out in faith and grasp the truth of God’s Holy Word. Seek answers and find them. Do you long for God? Call out. He will answer. He not only can but will deliver you from this present evil age. Call out to God and He will answer. You may not be able to see Him working just yet, but believe me you will.

Your petty struggles, your silly dreams, your biggest temptations, and the miniature wars fought in your mind, they matter to the God who created heaven and earth.

They may seem small, not worth the time to pray about, not worth the effort to look heavenward, but they matter to Him. Every painful step matters. There is nothing hidden that he does not see. He will help you if only you will let Him.

I beg you, ask Him to help you. Pray, even beg on your knees for the Lord to be with you. He answers prayer.

God does not “help those who help themselves”. He helps those who give up pretending they can help themselves and who look to heaven for the help and strength they need.

Don’t look around and compare yourself to everyone around you, whether good or bad. Seek from God where it is He wants you to grow and devote yourself to His will. Delight yourself in God. Find in Him your full joy and peace.

“Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”

-Psalms 37:3-7

Seek the Lord’s face and you will grow. Walk with the Lord and learn from Him. He will indeed change you to become like Him.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” -Philippians 3:20-21

May God help and strengthen you to lay hold of the victory He has provided through the cross!

God bless you.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:6

*All Scripture quotations are from the NASB translation

Featured song:

Jesus Is There For You by The Lindsey Family

Powerful Verses to Help Win Victory Over Fear

I’ve got a lot going on today, so I’m going to “try” and keep this post short.

In my mind, pretty much any time we fail to answer God’s call or do what He asks us to do, it all comes down to one of two things: laziness or fear.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Sometimes they even come together. We are too afraid to answer God’s call and do our duty, and we are too lazy to move forward.

Because listening to God’s leading and following through is at least a really large part of our walk with God, if laziness and fear are the two main things that keep us from doing that, then it is vastly important that we have a weapon against these two things.

As I said in a previous post, scripture really is our most powerful weapon. In fact, it is our sword. Faith is our shield, but the “the sword of the spirit which is the word of God” is our weapon.

In a previous post I talked about laziness and gave a bunch of verses to overcome it.

You can read it here:

I’m thinking I’ll do the same sort of post today, only my talking is going to be a bit shorter. 🙂

Of course, the fear of the LORD, or the awe of God, if you want to put it that way, is probably the biggest thing that helps us overcome fear. Also knowing that God is truly with us and has gone before us. You can read my post on the fear of God here.

Enjoy these verses! May you be refreshed by the word of God!

“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”-Ephesians 6:14-17

“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, or which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” -Ephesians 6:18-20

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,
“Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
Your reward shall be very great.”” -Genesis 15:1

“But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.” -Exodus 14:13

“Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” -Numbers 14:9

“Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.” -Deuteronomy 3:22

“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8

“Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.” -1 Samuel 12:20

“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”” -2 Kings 6:16

“And he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”2 Chronicles 20:15

“You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”” -2 Chronicles 20:17

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.” -2 Chronicles 32:7

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?” Psalm 27:1

“Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.” -Psalm 27:3

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.” -Psalm 34:4

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;” -Psalm 46:2

“He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” -Psalm 112:7

“The fear of man brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” -Proverbs 29:25

“Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”” -Isaiah 35:4

“‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” -Isaiah 41:10

“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” -Isaiah 41:13

“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!”” -Isaiah 43:1

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:8

“Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
For the Lord has done great things.” -Joel 2:21

“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” -Matthew 10:26

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” -Matthew 10:28

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” -Luke 12:7

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” -John 14:27

“But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled” -1 Peter 3:14

“Do not fear what you are about to suffer…………………….Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”-Revelation 2:10


As my pastor says repeatedly, when the Bible is repetitive, God is probably trying to make something clear. Do not fear man. Fear God.

Do not fear for your future, do not fear for you earthly life, fear God alone. The fear of God should motivate you forward, fear of man tries to silence God’s voice. Do not fear. He is with us. He will never leave us.

“God is is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change

And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

Though its waters roar and foam,

Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.”

-Psalm 46:1-7

I pray you would all find peace and joy in the midst of whatever there is around you to fear. Rest in God and be still. Listen, and obey. Do not fear. He will deliver.


If you would like the verses in PDF format you can download it here:

“Verses That Stand Against Fear”


 

This week’s song is Fear Not by Ellie Holcomb. Enjoy!

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!” -Isaiah 43:1

*All Scripture Quotations are form the NASB Translation

Let Me Tell You

Let me tell you.

Let me tell about this someone I know, the someone through which everyone exists.

Let me tell you about my God.

There is this Love that nothing can separate, nothing can penetrate, nothing can destroy.

There is a Love that is eternal, a Love that never ends, a Love that reaches to the darkest night.

There is a Light stronger than the strongest darkness, a Light more glorious and beautiful than 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times the most beautiful thing we can imagine.

There is a God who holds all things in His hands, who created the very universe.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

There is a God who measured the waters of the earth in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the very heavens by the span of His hand, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure and weighed the highest mountains in a balance.

Who is able to direct the Spirit of the Lord?

With whom does the Lord of Hosts consult and who gave Him understanding?

Who taught Him the path of justice and taught Him knowledge?

No one. No one but Himself.

There is none but Him who knows the way of knowledge and truth. There is none but my God who knows the path of justice.

He alone is good. He alone is righteous.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Has not the Creator of all heaven and earth been shown to you by what has been made?

I tell you, since the very foundations of the world were laid in place His eternal power and completely divine nature have been clearly seen and understood through all that has been made.

It is HE who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.

It is HE who stretches out the entire universe like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

It is HE who pours forth His glory by the very work of His hands, who displays without words His very attributes.

He makes the judges of the earth meaningless, He merely blows on them and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble.

This is the God I serve.

Yet, with all His power, all His might, He loves us.

What does that even mean? What meaning does that four-letter word even carry?

Words have lost their value, but still:

Let me tell you.

Our Creator, perfect in everything, placed the best of His creation, that which was created in His very image, He placed in a beautiful land of paradise.

But, as we all know the story, He gave them a command. He told them that in the day that they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would surely die.

He walked with them in the garden, and they enjoyed perfect fellowship. He gave them all and more than they would ever need and He protected them with His command from that which would not profit them.

Yet, He gave them the choice. The choice to love Him back after all of eternity, the choice to obey His one command given for their protection.

Yet, they refused to trust Him. They did not wait upon the Lord, they went ahead with their own will and they disobeyed the very command that was meant to protect them.

Yet, still, He loved them. And He loves us still.

What does that word mean? That word “love”?

Well, that, it seems, is what God wanted to show us.

Let me tell you about it, let me tell you about my Elohim.

While we continued to choose to reject His loving commands and while we continued to sacrifice ourselves to sin, He still loved us.

But He was a just God, and our sins still needed to be paid for. The wages of sin is death.

Death. That is what we deserve. Death.

God never lost His control. There is no way for my God to lose His sovereignty.

So with cunning, He crafted the ultimate love story. The one and only TRUE LOVE.

Not recklessly. He was and is intentional and purposeful in all His actions.

So He gave himself.

Who did He give himself to? He gave himself up to us, He gave himself up to death. 

He who knew no sin became sin. How is that possible?

Let me tell you.

He was perfect in every way, the very picture of righteousness, while we were separated from God, loathing ourselves and everyone else. By our own works, we had separated ourselves from God.

Jesus undid what we had done. We shrank from the presence of God. He stood firmly in the Father’s will.

We could not enter into God’s presence, but He did.

And yet, He stooped low, down to us.

He gave up His majesty, He did not wear His glittering crown. He became a man, like us, with the same temptations as us. He had the choice to sin, but He stood firm.

And then, in the most gracious act of love, He gave himself up for us.

Our sin, our violence, our hatred, was laid on Him, the Perfect Son of Man and Son of God.

We mocked Him, we accused Him, we beat Him, we spit on Him, the Anointed One of God, the Messiah. We cried out “Crucify!”. When confronted with His innocence we said: “His blood be on us and on our children.” (Mathew 27:25).

And we got what we wanted, not because of our power, but because of our lack of it. We said we were willing that His innocent blood be on us and our children. Little did we know at the time that it was exactly what God had planned. The blood of an innocent man willingly shed to cover our sins. His blood is on us and on our children.

The high priest said, unknowing that he was fulfilling God’s purpose, “It is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” (John 11:50 ESV) Jesus died for the people.

So He paid death. He defied death. He destroyed death.

He paid the cost of our sins, and oh, what a costly price to pay.

He gave His very life for us.

He gave up His life to defy death. He died so that we would never have to fear it.

He was our Passover lamb, crucified for our salvation. He was the one and only truly Unleavened man. He is our Unleavened bread. He is the Firstfruits of the Resurrection, the Firstborn of God, fulfilling all that the scriptures had prophesied of.

In Him is our fulfillment. In Him is our everything. Without Him, we have, literally, NOTHING.

Will you follow Him?

Will you follow in His footsteps? Are you willing to die to your flesh and be raised up again in new life?

Are you willing to let Him change you from the inside out?

Are you willing?

He is faithful, and will NEVER let you go.

Follow Him.

Let me tell you about the love He has.

Oh, please, I beg you! Let me tell you about Him!!! You will never be the same.

His love is so deep, so wide, so free, it will never run dry. He gives peace, unutterable, beyond understandable, unexplainable, peace. And He gives us freedom from the chains of sin that shackle us.

You, yes, even you, can be forgiven, thanks to the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, thanks to the only one who ever defied death. Praise be to God!!!

He loves you and calls to you, asking that you would be willing to enter into His love. Not for His sake does He call, but for yours. He is for you.

What then shall we say to these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us?

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him, freely give us all things?

Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?

God is the one who justifies; who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.


Most of this post was based off of Isaiah 40, Psalm 19, Romans 1, Romans 8, and other places that I don’t quite remember. (They were mainly from a form of memory/ paraphrase)

Have a wonderful day and weekend, celebrating Resurrection Sunday and remember the hope we have that death has been defeated. Praise the Lord!

For the ending verse, I just wanted to share one of my very favorite verses ever. Enjoy!!!

“In repentance and rest you will be saved,

In quietness and trust is your strength.”

-Isaiah 30:15

The song for this week is “Love Song” also known as “Just To Be With You” by Third Day

Here are the lyrics:

I’ve heard it said that a man would climb a mountain
Just to be with the one he loves
How many times has he broken that promise
It has never been done.
I’ve never climbed the highest mountain
But I walked the hill of calvary

[Chorus:]
Just to be with you, I’d do anything
There’s no price I would not pay
Just to be with you, I’d give anything
I would give my life away.

I’ve heard it said that a man would swim the ocean
Just to be with the one he loves
How may times has he broken that promise
It can never be done
I’ve never swam the deepest ocean
But I walked upon the raging sea

[Repeat chorus]

[Bridge]
I know that you don’t understand
the fullness of My love
How I died upon the cross for your sins
And I know that you don’t realize
how much that I gave you
But I promise, I would do it all again.
Just to be with you, I’ve done everything
There’s no price I did not pay
Just to be with you, I gave everything
Yes, I gave my life away.

 


*All directly quoted verses are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted. Unreferenced verses are probably either from the ESV or NASB translation.

Be Thou My Vision + Some Other Tags

I decided something today. Actually, I decided it yesterday and was excited about it all night.

I have finally decided to do it. Like actually.

And you are probably going….”Do what? What have you decided? Aren’t you going to tell us?”

Yes, I’m going to tell you. I mean….eventually, right?

Actually, I’ll tell you now. Here we go.

I have decided to create a tag.

Remember the post I mentioned last week that I said wasn’t ready? Well, after praying a bit about it, at least for now, I don’t think I should post it. Maybe God just wants me to wait, maybe I need to rewrite it, but for now, it will not be appearing. In case you are wondering, it was titled “Before you get a song stuck in your head: Part 3” as sort of part of my unannounced series on songs being stuck in your head. Anyway. So. Let us see….what was I talking about….oh! I have decided to create a tag.

In all seriousness, I really feel like this tag is not just like any other tag out there.

I’m creating this tag for something other than “getting to know other bloggers” (although that is good) and “awarding bloggers for their hard work” (although that is also good).

This tag is for building up, edifying and pointing to Christ.

Here is the tag image:

Be Thou My Vision

The photo of cherry blossoms was actually one I shot yesterday afternoon/evening, right as the sun was hitting the tree-line (cause we don’t really have that much of a horizon, just a tree-line where the sun sets). The wood background is part of the free backgrounds available on Canva.

Also, another decision that I made is that 10 months is not too late to do an award thing. So I’m going to be doing a really old nomination that I got a long while ago, as well as a recent one.

But, first, this newly created tag.


The Be Thou My Vision Tag

The Rules/ Guidelines:

  • Include these rules in your post
  • Pingback or link to this post: (farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/be-thou-my-vision-tag) That way I can see different people doing it which will be really cool.
  • Thank and/or link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the main questions listed below. Two of them are optional.
  • Nominate anywhere from 2 to 20 people to do the Be Thou My Vision tag. Just make sure to nominate at least 2. Preferably, let them know that they have been nominated/tagged.
  • Optional: If you would like, include the “Be Thou My Vision” Tag image in your post.
  • Optional: Ask your nominees 2-5 questions and/or answer any questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  • Optional: Copy and paste the Purpose of the Be Thou My Vision Tag from below into your post.

The Main Questions:

  1. What is your vision for your life, your blog, etc.?
  2. What do you think of when you think of your ‘inheritance’?
  3. What is your first response when something is beyond you?
  4. What is generally your very first thought about, when you wake up?
  5. (Optional:) What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘dwelling in Christ’?
  6. (Optional:) What is something you have been dwelling on or thinking about more than you ought to? In other words, what is something that has been possibly getting in the way of God in your mind?

The Purpose of the Be Thou My Vision Tag:

The primary purpose of this tag is to edify, build up, and point to Christ. Many tags are filled with random questions like “What is your favorite ice cream flavor”, and while they are often quite fun, they can miss out on the big questions. This tag is meant to build us up in Christ and help us look to the High Ruler of all, our inheritance and our vision. It seems to be quite a big struggle in this age and time to lose sight of our purpose particularly when we are trying to build a platform. Often what started out for God, becomes something we are doing for us. Perhaps this tag will help us all to look to our Lord and pray that he would truly be our vision. That is what I pray for you. May God bless you and may you find that he truly is everything you will ever need.


Just for fun, (as well as for building up), I wanted to include the lyrics to Be Thou My Vision, one of my many favorite hymns.

Lyrics to Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

I love this hymn! It really should be our anthem as Christians.


Now to continue with the Be Thou My Vision Tag.

My Answers to the questions:

  • What is your vision for your life, your blog, etc.?

I guess what really comes to my mind is a life of service. Being able to serve others and share the hope I have, particularly with those who have none, would be the dream or vision of my life. As for my blog, it is my vision that people would be uplifted and drawn closer to Christ and that God would use the words I write for His glory.  I really hope that my posts and my words would not just be ‘fun’ or ‘engaging’ but truly from Him who holds my heart.

  • What do you think of when you think of your ‘inheritance’?

Immediately the verse from 1 Peter pops into my mind. It’s a verse that gives me the ‘chills’ (in a good way) and I really want to share it with you.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:3-5

I just love the part where it says “an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away”. I also think of the places in the Old Testament where it says that the Levites did not get a physical inheritance because God himself was their inheritance.

And then I think of the place in the Bible where a man tells Jesus to make his brother or whatnot share the inheritance with him. 🙂

  • What is your first response when something is beyond you?

Probably my very first response is to be frustrated or to simply give up. After that, I am generally convicted and go to God for wisdom.

  • What is generally your very first thought about, when you wake up?

Most likely my to-do list. Usually, it is very closely determined by what I was thinking about right before I fell asleep. Often my thoughts will wander where they shouldn’t dwell as I’m trying to fall asleep, so occasionally, my first thought is “Lord, forgive me!”. And when I depressed or discouraged my first thought generally is “Lord, help me….I can’t do this alone.”

  • (Optional:) What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘dwelling in Christ’?

I think of my favorite verse in Ezekiel where it talks about our future dwelling place:

“My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” -Ezekiel 37:27 (ESV)

That verse just always leaves me breathless. It’s just so beautiful……..and so…..so….well, so awesome in the true sense of the word. It is full of awe. I love that verse…..

  • (Optional:) What is something you have been dwelling on or thinking about more than you ought to? In other words, what is something that has been possibly getting in the way of God in your mind?

I struggle to clear my mind of all the things I think about or imagine about to focus on God when it was time to do Bible study et cetera.

Hopefully, this was edifying and encourages you to not give in, and not let Satan take your mind off of Christ.


Since this is the very first time the Be Thous My Vision Tag has existed, I am going to nominate guess how many people?

I’m gonna go for the limit: 20 people.

So here we go, let us find a full 20 people to nominate.

My Nominees:

Wow. That was actually really hard.

No pressure to participate, anyone! Whether you participate or not, I hope you are built up, in Christ, and challenged to look to Christ alone!


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Now for the Liebster Award that I got………………..10 months ago. I think maybe I’m trying to beat a record for forgetting about nominations and still doing them? Here we go, sorry Hannah Gaudette for being so extremely late! I think it got lost sometimes in the middle of busy-ness and I totally forgot about it! Better now than never……right?

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Here are the rules:

Sorry, not doing this one completely.

  • Acknowledge and link to the blogger who nominated you.

Thank you Hannah Gaudette! Check out her blog here.

  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

Okay.

  • Nominate 11 more bloggers and spread the ‘new blogger’ love.

Ummm…..not doing this. I already nominated 20 people in this post. If I did two Liebster Awards that would be 22 people. So I’ll just do two. Or none. Or something.

  • Ask them 11 fun questions of your own.

Okay.

  • Let them know on their blogs that you have nominated them.

Okay!

Optional Rules

  • Write a paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging

I’ll skip this one. You can check out this post here if you want to hear all about it or check my About page.

  • List ten random facts about yourself

Okay!

Let us start. My answers to the questions:

  • Why did you start blogging? (I just had to share that one, Anna – thanks!)

Just read this post to read the whole longwinded version. Basically, I wanted to share what God was teaching me, etc., etc. (I’m trying to make this post as short as possible)

  • What is your favorite blogging memory?

Probably coming back from my two-month hiatus and feeling the keys under my fingers once again.

  • What is your favorite writing memory?

Well, I was writing an idea for a story, specifically a scene I had in mind, and my older sister came over and looked over my shoulder. As she read it she started laughing (it was supposed to be funny). It made me smile that it made her smile. :)😊

  • If you could have any breed of cat or dog (or snake, or hamster, or horse, or whatever), what would it be?

It would be fun to have a Jersey cow to milk. We just have cows for beef and goats for milk, but Jersey milk is way better than ordinary cows milk or goats milk.

  • What is your favorite memory of a pet or pets?

Probably when we first discovered that our Bluetick Coonhound actually liked water. We threw a stick in the pond and pretended it was a making noises, and she jumped in after it. Then she didn’t want to stop, once she had gotten wet. It was so funny. I always thought she hated water. She does hate rain, though.

  • What is the one book everyone in the world should read?

Absolutely the Bible. Other than that….hmm….probably Disciplines of a Godly Man/Woman by Kent/Barbara Hughes.

  • Do you like rain?

Yes! Everyone thinks I’m really weird………no one else likes rain….. 😦

Except when it is Fall and we get our first rain shower and we are all so excited that the grass can grow again and fall pasture will come soon. Often when the first fall rain storm hits the whole family will be dancing in the rain. Meanwhile, all the local teenagers and young adults are shivering in hoodies and shorts while I’m in a short-sleeved shirt and jeans dancing in the rain.

  • Cauliflower or broccoli?

I don’t know…….I guess broccoli ’cause it is easier to grow.

  • What is the longest book you’ve read?

I don’t know……maybe something Charles Dickens?

  • What is the longest book or story you’ve written?

I’m currently at 8,759 words on my Camp NaNoWriMo project!!!!! So exciting!!!

  • What do you consider your biggest passion or cause in life?

Serving Christ.

My Nominees are:

  • Anyone who has a blog with under 50 followers and either follows my blog or is followed by me.

My Questions are:

  • The same questions I answered above.

My Ten Random Facts:

  1. I love Jesus
  2. I am writing a blog post right now.
  3. I love music
  4. I love to sing
  5. I love to play cello
  6. I like to read
  7. I like to plan and schedule
  8. I love my dog (or just Bluetick Coonhounds in general). Actually, I like dogs and animals in general, too.
  9. My first favorite book of the Bible is Psalms
  10. My second favorite book of the Bible is Philippians

 

Now for the recent Liebster Award!!!

THANK YOU LYDIA POTTER FOR NOMINATING ME!!! Check out her blog here.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Display your award.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least 5 other followers to do the same post.
  • Ask 6 new questions to your chosen nominees.
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

My answers to the questions:

  1. What’s your favorite desert? Cheesecake. Or homemade ice cream. Oh wait, are you talking about a desert? I don’t really know of many deserts. Death Valley sounds kind cool, but I’d never really like to stick around for too long.
  2. What’s your favorite meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)? Dinner.
  3. What’s your favorite brand of clothes? I have no idea. Clothes That Fit maybe? That’s not an actual brand as far as I know but I really don’t have consistent brands that I know of and like.
  4. What’s your favorite time of the day to check on your blog? Often I do it in the morning….when I should be reading my Bible. Anytime really. I should check it less often.
  5. What’s your favorite salty snack? Either homemade popcorn or homemade steak fries.
  6. What’s your favorite sport to watch? I don’t really watch sports. I’ve watched a little football before and it can be fun. Dude Perfect can be fun to watch.

My Three Nominees:

My Questions For You To Answer:

  1. Who is someone who cooks really good food? (i.e. Your mom, grandma, local custom gourmet chef, etc.)
  2. What pets do you have?
  3. What is your favorite board game?
  4. Do you listen to a lot of music?
  5. What are your thoughts when you hear the word ‘religion’?
  6. What is one person on earth that you look up to the most?

YAY!!!!! I’m done!!!!!


Hope you enjoyed this post and were built up by it!!!!!

In case you hadn’t guessed already, “Be Thou My Vision” is the featured song of the week!

Have a wonderful week!!!! May God be your vision.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” -Ephesians 1:18-19a (NASB)

*All Scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

Why I Prefer the NASB Translation + Some Notes on the Hebrew Names of God

The post I originally intended for today is still not ready, so I decided to write a (hopefully) somewhat quicker post on why I prefer using the NASB translation.

Let’s jump right in!

#1: A differentiation between Adonai and YHWH in the Old Testament

I LOVE this aspect of NASB sooooo much! The Hebrew word adon (אָדוֹן) is the word used for lord in the Bible for earthly masters or “lords”. The Hebrew word Adonai (אֲדֹנָי) is an emphasized version of adon, and as far as I can see is always used for either the Angel of the Lord or God (which are one in the same). God is our Lord. But He is so much more. The name Elohim for our God (which is actually cool in that the grammar is plural in one, you should study it for yourself) is actually NOT a unique word. It is used to refer to little-g “gods” in the Old Testament as well. So saying Elohim vs. OUR Elohim actually makes a difference.

There is one name for God that is completely unique: the unspeakable name of YHWH. When I say unspeakable, I am referring to the fact that we have no idea how to pronounce it, because it was only pronounced once a year in Israel by the high priest. With the crumbling and exile of the Israelites, the pronunciation of this Hebrew word was lost. We have two main guesses that you may recognize. Our two main guesses at the pronunciation of YHWH are “Yahweh” and “Jehovah”. The Israeli history of how we have completely lost the pronunciation of this word is a lot more complicated, and since I didn’t brush up on it, I would suggest that you look it up and study it for yourself if you want to learn more about it.

To put into perspective the Jewish reverence for God’s HOLY name, you could read this article. Also, note that there are varieties in spelling and some spell The Lord’s name YHVH instead of YHWH. They are, as far as I know, essentially the same thing, and I don’t know which is how it originally was in Hebrew. I don’t actually read Hebrew, you know.  🙂

And now I would like to talk about the Hebrew word and name for God, YHWH. This name is so unique, so packed with meaning, and it is actually the very name God has given himself. You know when God meets Moses through the burning bush? God called himself a very unique name in that passage which English does not do justice.

Here is the verse:

“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” -Exodus 3:14 (NASB)

HAYAH is the name God uses for Himself in that verse. In English we translate it as “I AM”. Now it turns out that HAYAH is actually derived from YHWH which brings a huge depth to this name. The Jews know that to say you are “I AM” is to say you are God, because when Jesus claimed “Before Abraham was, I AM” they immediately began to pick up stones to stone Him (John 8:58-59).

English just doesn’t portray the meaning and depth of His name. I think I could just study the Hebrew name of God for the rest of my life and never scratch the surface of its depth.

The whole point of all this is that the only English equivalent word we have for YHWH is “Lord”. We actually get that from the fact that whenever the Jews read the scripture, when they came to the word YHWH, they would not say it out loud, so they replaced it with “Adonai” whenever they read or studied it.

For all other translations I’ve found, the word Adonai and the word YHWH appear completely the same in the text. It is so important to me to be able to tell the difference, because it just adds so much more to it …………..YHWH is so much more than just Lord or Master.

However, whenever the word YHWH comes up in NASB, it is capitalized so that you can tell the difference between “Adonai” and “YHWH”. It actually makes things a lot clearer.

For instance:

“I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.” -Psalm 16:2

With Hebrew words this would be more like “I said to the [YHWH], “You are my [Master or Lord], I have no good beside you.”. Isn’t that so cool?

Also on the names of God, when it says “The LORD God” it means “The YHWH Elohim” in Hebrew. I think that is so beautiful.

#2: Italics

You probably can’t notice this when I quote the Bible from NASB in my blog posts, because I like to italicize the whole verse so that you can tell the difference between just a quote and actual scripture, but some words in NASB are italicized.

Here is what the italics mean:

Italics: Words not found in the original text but implied by it.

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These italics are actually so helpful when I’m studying the Bible, because when you are translating the Bible, it is literally impossible to not apply some bias when it comes to Hebrew words that are not written but are implied in order for grammar to work out right.

But in order for things to make any logical order you need those connecting words in English. Otherwise it just sounds like you have really bad grammar. Here is an example. In order that you can see where the italics are, I will not italicize the rest of it.

“The waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan;” -Joshua 3:16a

What would happen if we took out the italicized “and” that isn’t in the original Hebrew?

“The waters which were were flowing down from above stood rose up in one heap,”

Just sounds like bad grammar right?

But sometimes you can wonder what it would be like without the italicized phrase and possibly compare it to other translations. Be very careful though, often it’s not that it is missing in the Hebrew text. Often there are actually things in the surrounding words that do really imply what is being said. The Hebrew scholars do know more than us about such things!

#3: It really is the most LITERAL translation you can find

“Well, what about ESV?” you may ask. ESV is also a very literal word-for-word translation. However, as for wording and sentence order and finding the closest possible word in English, NASB is better.

The downside to that is NASB has a lot harder grammar structure to try to read out loud, and it has very advanced vocabulary. Younger kids may have to have a dictionary at their side, for instance,  when trying to read the Old Testament in NASB. One example:

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.” -Isaiah 40:28 (NASB)

Versus ESV:

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.” -Isaiah 40:28 (ESV)

Unsearchable vs. inscrutable. Do you happen to know what inscrutable means?

Inscrutable:

a. not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood

b. difficult to understand causing people to feel curious or confused

(sourced from here)

In my opinion, the word ‘unsearchable’ does not have such a depth of meaning.

Unsearchable:

not capable of being searched or explored

Not readily investigated, interpreted or understood, vs. not capable of being searched or explored. The Hebrew word here can actually mean “A thing to be searched out”. I prefer NASB’s take on it here.

I think NASB is more literal and thus has more complicated and exact vocabulary. The first time I showed this verse to my dad in NASB, I had to look up an actual definition to actually explain clearly what “inscrutable” meant.

Another downside to using such literal translation and being closer to the original Hebrew grammar structure, is how hard memorization gets. I have so much trouble memorizing NASB. If you are trying to memorize something, it helps that you know the meaning of a word and can think of the what word comes next using what you know the first word means. I’m not really sure that made sense.

For instance, once I tried to memorize Psalm 139 in NASB. I ran into a problem once I got to the third verse which in NASB says:

You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.” -Psalm 139:3

I would come to that part and I’d be thinking “It’s sort of like analyze or observe my path……what is the word……I think it has a ‘T’ in it………it’s like search out or something….what is that word?”

Sure, I know what the word means, but it’s not an everyday word in my vocabulary so I don’t automatically match it to the meaning.

Also, NASB does not have a whole lot of flow in the Psalms. It’s really hard to sing words like “inscrutable” or “scrutinize”. The grammar flow is also hard.

So I don’t memorize in NASB, instead I use ESV which is almost equally accurate and a whole lot easier to memorize.

I also think it is really good to memorize scripture in a different translation than you usually read scripture in. Why? Because if you are like me, when you read through a passage that you have previously memorized, your eyes sort of lose track of where you are and you can just think of what it is saying in your head.

When you read in a different translation than you have memorized, it really helps you think about what you are reading and to notice what differences there are. Same thing with when you are trying to study a passage in depth. Look it up in several translations.

#4: More balanced team of translators

This is more a reason why I prefer NASB over ESV than just why I prefer NASB.

If you have ever looked at the credits section in an ESV Bible, you may recognize a lot of names. All of the ones I have looked up are Calvinists, although some are more hyper-Calvinistic leaning than others.

Wayne Grudem actually oversaw the whole ESV translation. He also wrote “Systematic Theology” in which when teaching the “doctrine” of reprobation he said this:

“When we understand election as God’s sovereign choice of some persons to be saved, then there is necessarily another aspect of that choice, namely, God’s sovereign decision to  pass over others and not save them. This decision of God in eternity past is called reprobation. Reprobation is the sovereign decision of God before creation to pass over some persons, in sorrow deciding not to save them, and to punish them for their sins, and thereby to manifest his justice”

-“Systematic Theology” by Wayne Grudem, pg. 684

I could go on and on about all the different ways and angles in which I disagree with this statement, but I will save that for another time. At least when he said that God unconditionally (aka randomly?) decided to “pass over some” intentionally punishing them for their sins (while randomly choosing elect few to save), he said that God did it in sorrow. Which means he is not a hyper-Calvinist per say which is a whole lot better than what he could be.

If you want more on Calvinism, try searching my “Calvinism” into my search bar, and about 6 different posts should come up. Although, I do warn you, my posts left a little to be wanted back then and are probably chock-full of typos.

Anyway the point is that he is definitely a Calvinist, (I’m not), and all of the people I’ve looked up who were on the team for ESV are Calvinist. And with how things work in Hebrew, Greek, and translation, it is quite natural that they give a little bit of a biased translation. As far as I have looked up, the NASB translating team was actually a bit more balanced theologically than the ESV team.

Consider this verse and compare the translation:

ESV:

“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction” -Romans 9:22 (ESV)

NASB:

“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?” -Romans 9:22

I find a big difference between “desiring” and “although willing”.

While there is a little of a hard time translating this verse in any sensical way from the Greek into English, due to the confusing order of things, I’m pretty sure that what these two translations have translated “desiring” and “willing” from, is the word “theló” which can mean “being willing, desiring, or intending” depending on the context.

So from this definition, it is hard to say which of these translations are correct. 

However, I don’t find that the ESV makes much sense here. According to their translation, God desired to show His wrath, thus he endured with patience. Wait, what? I think the “although” in NASB makes a bit more sense. I think using the word “intending” would also work pretty well. If we did that it would read:

“What if God, although intending to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?”

[Also, to understand this verse well, it helps to 1) understand that this chapter is primarily talking about Jews vs. Gentiles, God’s chosen ones vs. those outside who are now putting the chosen people to shame by accepting Christ, and 2) Understand that we must look at all of scripture. Consider this verse which brings a little balance to things:

“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” -2 Timothy 2:20-21 emphasis mine]

I consider ESV very reliable, but I do find they have a large bias towards Calvinism, so if I memorized Romans, I would actually maybe want to do it in NASB. NASB has more of a balanced team of translators, so I consider it a little less biased.

Clarification: having zero bias is impossible, contrary to popular belief.

#5: Capitalization of personal pronouns referring to God

I actually just realized this. ESV does not capitalize “He” or “His” even when it is clearly referring to God. Now I know in the original Greek and Hebrew, there is no capitalization, but in English (and other languages) we like to use capitalization to reverence God, and I think that should be applied to the personal pronouns referring to God.

For example, the verse I just quoted above, Romans 9:22:

“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction” -Romans 9:22 (ESV)

“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?” -Romans 9:22 (NASB)

NASB capitalizes “His wrath“, while ESV simply says “his wrath“. I prefer NASB in this instance. 🙂 I don’t think we can have too much respect for God. 


I will say one more downside of NASB: It costs a lot. You can get the kindle version of ESV on Amazon for FREE, because it doesn’t cost the printing. NASB costs money. I personally think you should do whatever is possible to make the Bible accessible, but I do understand that NASB is not as popular as ESV, and that the translators did do a lot of work to make it and want money from it.

It you are going to hand out Bibles for evangelism, I would probably recommend ESV, because it costs so much less and unbelievers may be discouraged from reading the Bible if it has such advanced vocabulary as the NASB does (I’m mean…….it’s not really that bad….but you know).

There is a joke that NASB is the “Nationally Acknowledged Superior Bible”. While it is a sorta funny joke, I most definitely don’t think that NASB is “superior” to any given translation. While I think “The Message” and the “Passion Translation” were simply sloppy jobs at translation and I don’t even really consider them “translations” per say, there are actually a lot of good translations out there, many of which I have never analyzed. Some other fairly good translations are NKJV, NIV, LEB, and CSB, to name a few. The Names of God Translation can be kind of fun, too.


That was it! I hope you enjoyed! Hopefully the other post I’m working on will be ready next week!

If you want to look up the Hebrew and Greek words in scripture you are studying, I would recommend BibleHub Interlinear. However, BibleHub is sometimes hard to navigate, so I would recommend, just searching into Google, DuckDuckGo, or whatever search engine you have, “Biblehub Interlinear {Insert verse you want to look up}” and you can go from there. I look up all my Hebrew and Greek in BibleHub where you can go straight to the Strong’s number. Hopefully this is helpful to you!

This week’s featured song is “As For Me and My House” by John Waller. I love this song! It also brings back a lot of good memories of when my dad has played this song on Saturday mornings. 🙂 You can look at lyrics here. Enjoy!

God be with you and bless you in your studies of His Word!

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” -Mathew 4:4 (NASB)

*All quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted