Posts Tagged ‘goyim’

Haggai 2:5-7 – Daily Bible Verse

December 7, 2020

“This is in keeping with the word that I promised in a covenant with you when you came out of Egypt, and my Spirit remains with you, so don’t be afraid!” For this is what Adonai-Tzva’ot says:

“It won’t be long before one more time I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasures of all the nations will flow in; and I will fill this house with glory,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.”

The Hebrew word for ‘word’ is דבר or devar and means ‘speech,’ ‘saying.’

The Hebrew word for ‘covenant’ is ברית or brit and comes from the root ‘to cut.’ It means to ‘promise or pledge.’ It is a relationship between a lord and his servants that involves responsibilities and privileges.

The Hebrew word for ‘Spirit’ is רוח הקדש or ruach hakodesh (Holy Spirit) and means ‘breath’ or ‘wind’ of God.

The Hebrew word for ‘afraid’ is יראו or yirau and means ‘extreme fear,’ ‘dread.’

The Hebrew for ‘Tzva’ot’ is צבא or tsaba and means ‘army, war, or warfare.’ Yahweh Tzva’ot is a warrior with an army who makes warfare against His enemies. The Commander of His armies is Yeshua.

The Hebrew word for ‘shake’ is רעש or raash and means ‘to quake,’ ‘to tremble.’

The Hebrew word for ‘heavens’ is שמים or shamayim and means ‘sky.’ Within shamayim is the smaller word mayim which means ‘water.’

The Hebrew word for ‘earth’ is ארץ or eretz and means ‘earth,’ ‘land.’

The Hebrew word for ‘nations’ is גוים or goyim and means ‘peoples,’ usually non-Hebrew, non-Jewish people.

The Hebrew word for ‘treasures’ is חמדה or chemdah and means ‘delight’ or ‘desire.’

The Hebrew word for ‘fill’ is מלא or male/mala and means ‘to be accomplished,’ ‘to be completed,’ ‘finish, ordain, dedicate.’

The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is בית or bayit and in this instance means ‘house of God,’ or Temple.

The Hebrew word for ‘glory’ is כבוד or kavod and means ‘abundance of honor, splendor,’ and the object of honor and reverence. The word kavod also means ‘weight’ as in ‘falling or descending upon.’

“This is in keeping with the spoken word that I, Yahweh, pledged with you my servants, when you came out of Egypt, and the holy wind of my breath remains with you, so don’t dread or be fearful!”

For this is what Yahweh Army of Heaven says: “It won’t be long before one more time I will quake and tremble the sky, water and the land of the earth … and I will quake and tremble all the peoples of the world, so that the desire and delight of all the peoples will flow in; and I will complete, finish and dedicate the Temple with honor, splendor, and reverence descending upon it,” says Yahweh Army of Heaven.”

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Nations – Hebrew: Goyim


Goyim or goy in Hebrew means ‘name of a people or nations’

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations”(Genesis 17:4).

Abram’s name was changed to Abraham meaning ‘father of many nations.’  Though ‘gentile’ can mean ‘pagan,’ its specific meaning must be determined through context.  Abraham did not become the ‘father of pagans’ nor should every gentile (non-Jew) be considered pagan.

Goy is used 561 times in the Hebrew Scriptures and refers to peoples and nations generally in a context of geographical or governmental identity.  They have a unique origin and language.  Only twice is goy used with the idea of pagan and seven times it is  [mis]translated as ‘gentile’.

With this understanding, Abraham became the ‘father’ of many geographical peoples with many different origins, languages and governmental identities – the goyim [nations]. Though those living in the nations may have a pagan belief system, but many within those systems would recognize Abraham as their ‘father of  faith’ in the coming redemption for the world.   When they did and do, they were and are the goyim promised to ‘the father of many nations.’  This was the covenant promise given to Avraham by El Shaddai.

“The children fought with each other inside her so much that she said, “If it’s going to be like this, why go on living?” So she went to inquire of Adonai, who answered her, “There are two nations [goyim]  in your womb. From birth they will be two rival peoples. One of these peoples will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger” (Genesis 25:22-23). 

The Hebrew word for two ‘nations’ is goyim.  Two goyim fight in Rebecca’s womb – not two pagans or two gentiles.  Two nations.  From these two nations came the Edomites from Esau and the Israelites from Jacob. The two nations would war regarding the promised ‘seed.’

“Therefore, observe them; and follow them; for then all peoples [goyim] will see you as having wisdom and understanding. When they hear of all these laws, they will say, ‘This great nation [goy] is surely a wise and understanding people” (Deuteronomy 4:32). 

Obedience to God’s commands would lead to the goyim to recognize Isra’el as a wise and understanding goy with an Elohim who is nothing like the pagan gods within the goyim.  

““Do not learn the ways of the nations [goyim] or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations [goyim] are terrified by them” (Jeremiah 10:2). 

Jeremiah tells Isra’el not to learn the ways of the nations.  Of course, the ways of the nations in this instance are definitely not God’s ways and could be considered pagan or holding to religious beliefs different from the ways of God.  This does not make the nations themselves pagan, but their customs and religious practices.

Ethnos is used for ‘a nation or people’ in the Greek.

“But now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles [ethnos] might come to the obedience that comes from faith…” (Romans 16:26). 

This verse is the evidence of the fulfillment to the promise given to Abraham regarding all nations.  Note that the word ethnos is mistranslated ‘gentiles’ rather than ‘nations.’ 

Pagan, both in the Hebrew and Greek, is a completely different word than goy.

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