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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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Sin – Hebrew: Chatah


Chatah means ‘offence against God or man.’ Sin is found 1445 times in the Bible. Sin is not defined by man, but by the Word of God.  In Hebrew thought, sin is falling short of God’s glory which is outlined in Torah; it is a failure to reach the goal, missing the mark, and ‘crouches like a beast’ waiting to attack.

“If you are doing what is good, shouldn’t you hold your head high? And if you don’t do what is good, sin is crouching at the door — it wants you, but you can rule over it” (Genesis 4:7).

“When I acknowledged my sin to you, when I stopped concealing my guilt, and said, “I will confess my offenses to Adonai;” then you, you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Selah)” (Psalm 32:5).

“For I know my crimes, my sin confronts me all the time” (Psalm 51:3).

“He who conceals his sins will not succeed; he who confesses and abandons them will gain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

Hebrew Word Pictures

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ט Tet – A Snake means ‘twist.’

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first strength.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for chattah: protect the twisting first strength revealed.

The Greek word for ‘sin’ is hamartia and means ‘missing the mark’ resulting in immorality and disobedience to God’s divine law.

In Romans 8, sin is described as the hostility of carnal man to God’s Torah. Because the Torah is spiritual and sinful man has fleshly desires, it is impossible for man to submit to God’s Torah nor does he want to (Romans 7:14). 

“Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah, indeed sin is violation of Torah” (1 John 3:4, Complete Jewish Bible).

“Everyone who sins (perverts truth) breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4, New International Version).

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