Psalm 27:11 – Teach Me Your Way

“Teach me Your way, Adonai, and lead me on a level path—because of my enemies.”

The Hebrew word for ‘teach’ is yarah and means ‘to throw or shoot like with an arrow.’ There are two ideas surrounding this word. The first is that ‘sin’ is falling short as compared to shooting an arrow, or ‘missing the mark.’ The second is Torah and means ‘teachings and instructions.’ Putting these two concepts from yadah together, ‘sin is being without the teachings and instructions of Elohim.’

The Hebrew word for ‘way’ is derek and means ‘road,’ ‘journey’ or ‘direction toward.’

The Hebrew word for Adonai is the memorial name יהוה yod-hey-vav-hey, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, I Am as given to Moses in Exodus 3:14-15.

The Hebrew word for ‘lead’ is nachah and means ‘to guide.’ It is used in a phrase like ‘guide with kindness.’

The Hebrew word for ‘level’ is mishor and means ‘a place of uprightness or righteousness.’ It suggests a place of comfort, safety, and prosperity.

The Hebrew word for ‘path’ is orach and means ‘course of life.’ The word orach has the smaller word within of or meaning ‘light.’ Psalm 119:105 states the Torah is a lamp and light to the path the of life.

The Hebrew word for ‘enemy’ is sharar and means ‘to be a hostile opponent.’

“Adonai through your instructions, like an arrow, guide me in kindness on my journey, my course of life, in a direction toward righteousness – a place of comfort and safety – because of those who would be hostile toward me in opposition.”

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