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Praise, Thanksgiving – Hebrew: Todah



The Hebrew word todah means ‘thanks’ or ‘thanksgiving.’ In the Hebrew language, todah means ‘thank you.’ When we offer thanks to Adonai in song, we are also praising him and receiving blessing. The peace or shalom offering was called a ‘thanksgiving’ offering. After the Jews returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Temple, choirs offered praises of thanksgiving. Todah is found 32 times in the Scriptures.

When Yeshua entered one village, ten men with tzara’at met him. They stood at a distance and called out, “Yeshua! Rabbi! Have pity on us!” On seeing them, he said, “Go and let the cohanim [priests] examine you!” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, as soon as he noticed that he had been healed, returned shouting praises to God,  and fell on his face at Yeshua’s feet to thank him” (Luke 17:11-18).

“I brought the leaders of Y’hudah up onto the wall and appointed two large choirs to give todah and to walk in procession. One went to the right on the wall toward the Dung Gate” (Nehemiah 12:31).

“But I, speaking my todah aloud, will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed, I will pay. Salvation comes from Adonai!” (Jonah 2:9).

“For Adonai will comfort Tziyon, will comfort all her ruined places, will make her desert like ‘Eden, her ‘Aravah like the garden of Adonai. Joy and gladness will be there, todah and the sound of music” (Isaiah 51:3).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Thanksgiving – todah – תודה

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks mean ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for todah: covenant sign binding pathway revealed.

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Proverbs 11:1 – False Scales

“False scales are an abomination to Adonai, but accurate weights please him.

In Hebrew ‘false’ is sheqer and means ‘deception, lies and fraud.’

The Hebrew word for ‘scales’ or ‘balances’ is mozenim and means ‘weigh.’ My grandfather had a simple balance or pair of scales. It has two pan dishes hanging on a balance; one on the right and one on the left. On one side an item is placed; on the other is placed weights. He had several weights from ounces to several pounds. When the item and the weights balance out, they are equal.

“You are not to have in your pack two sets of weights, one heavy, the other light. You are not to have in your house two sets of measures, one big, the other small” (Deuteronomy 25:13-14).

I have friend who went to the shuk or ‘market’ in Jerusalem and she watched someone weigh cheese who put their finger on the weight side of the balance thus bringing the price of the cheese higher.

The Hebrew word for ‘abomination’ is toebah and means ‘detestable and loathesome.’ This can be something that is morally disgusting, abhorrent like an idol or a custom like false weights in a market.

Adonai in this verse is the memorial name יהוה, yod-hey-vav-hey, Ehyeh Asher Ehyey, I Am as given to Moshe in Exodus 3:15-16.

The Hebrew word for ‘accurate’ is shelam and means ‘just.’ This word has the same ‘root’ as shalom and suggests ‘peace’ but also ‘perfect, complete, and whole.’

The Hebrew word for ‘weight’ is weben and means ‘stone’ as in ‘precious stone’ or ‘foundation stone.’

The Hebrew word for ‘please’ is and means ‘to delight in,’ and to ‘show favor.’

“Deceptive balances that lie are destestable and loathesome to Adonai, but just and perfect foundation stones he favorably accepts.

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Peace – Hebrew: Shalom


Shalom in Hebrew specifically means ‘peace. The word ‘shalom’ is found in the Complete Jewish Bible 96 times. Shalom is rooted in wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, and implying permanence. This is why shalom is used as a greeting in Isra’el: “May you be filled with a complete and perfect peace and be full of well-being.”

“Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom. [May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’ (Numbers 6:26).

This ‘shalom’ was spoken to put God’s Name on His people through the blessing of Aaron. The entire blessing is found in Numbers 6:24-26.

“Therefore say, ‘I am giving him [Phineas] my covenant of shalom, making a covenant with him and his descendants after him that the office of cohen will be theirs forever’ (Numbers 25:12-13).

God made an eternal covenant of ‘shalom’ with Phineas who was a priest. This covenant promised a perpetual priesthood because of Phineas’ faithfulness to God.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation [Yeshua] and saying to Tziyon, “Your God is King!” (Isaiah 52:7).

The ultimate good news of ‘shalom’ is proclaiming to those in Tziyon (Zion) that ‘Our God is King,’ ‘Our God is Sovereign,’ ‘Our God is in Control’ when everything seems chaotic. This ‘shalom’ announces that Yeshua is our God, our King.

“Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim; may those who love you prosper. May shalom be within your ramparts, prosperity in your palaces” (Psalm 122:6-7)

This Psalm says we are to pray for the shalom’ of Jerusalem.  Praying for ‘shalom’ in Jerusalem is a way of expressing love for the city of our God, and for the Prince of ‘Shalom’ to fill the city with his ‘shalom.’

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shalom – שלום

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ל Lamed – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘to urge forward.’

י Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ם Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for shalom: consume and destroy and urge the binding of chaos.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace] ” (Isaiah 9:4-5). 

Isaiah prophesied about a coming Sar haShalom, a Prince of Peace. The Prince of Peace would bring God’s ‘shalom’ into the world ‘binding the leader who causes chaos.’ Yeshua is the Sar haShalom. He battled the ‘one who causes chaos’ and came out victorious both in the wilderness and on the cross. As the commander of Adonai’s Army, Yeshua will return and utterly destroy the ‘one who causes chaos’ forever.’

“My servant David will be king over them, and all of them will have one shepherd … I will make a covenant of shalom with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give to them, increase their numbers, and set my sanctuary among them forever” (Ezekiel 37:24-26). 

Ezekiel prophesied about an everlasting covenant of ‘shalom’ when David would be an eternal ‘king’ and live in Jerusalem, God’s sanctuary.

“When you enter someone’s household, say, ‘Shalom aleikhem!’ (Matthew 10:12)

“In the evening that same day, the first day of the week, when the talmidim were gathered together behind locked doors out of fear of the Judeans, Yeshua came, stood in the middle and said, “Shalom aleikhem!” (John 20:19).

Shalom aleikhem means ‘shalom upon you.’ The response is to return the ‘shalom’ by saying Aleikhem shalom or ‘upon you shalom.’ This is what Yeshua told his disciples as he sent them out to the ‘lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Shalom aleikhem was the greeting he spoke when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection.

“What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened” (John 14:27).

Yeshua’s ‘shalom’ is different from the concept of ‘world peace.’  His ‘shalom’ begins in the heart and soul of each person. With the Holy Spirit, we have power of ‘shalom’ to defeat the ‘one who causes chaos.’ We can overcome the fear that chaos brings in our personal lives and also in the world around us.  

“For God [Elohim] is not a God of unruliness but of shalom” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

This verse is a reminder that where there is ‘chaos,’ God is not present. Sha’ul specifically tells this to those in Corinth who were using the gift of tongues in an out-of-control manner.

“The way of shalom they do not know, their goings-about obey no law, they make devious paths for themselves; no one treading them will ever know shalom(Isaiah 59:8).

“For from the least to the greatest of them, all are greedy for gains; prophets and cohanim [priests] alike, they all practice fraud — they dress the wound of my people, but only superficially, saying, ‘There is perfect shalom,’ when there is no shalom” (Jeremiah 6:13-14).

“My hand will be against the prophets who have futile visions and produce false divinations; they will not be allowed into the council of my people, or be written in the register of the house of Israel, or enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am Adonai Elohim. They deserve this, because they have led my people astray by saying there is peace when there is no peace” (Ezekiel 13:9-10). 

There is a shalom that humanity desires, but it is external and superficial because it does not include the Sar haShalom. It is a false deceptive peace that leads people away from God and and toward the ‘father of lies:’ the ‘one who causes the chaos’ (John 8:44).   Those who preach ‘shalom’ while leading people astray through fraud and devious paths will never find ‘shalom.’ Instead, they will reap judgment.

“You will keep in perfect shalom those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3). 

“Then God’s shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua” (Philippians 4:7).

Adonai’s ‘shalom’ is ‘perfect.’ Adonai’s ‘shalom’ eclipses human understanding because it is a ‘shalom’ that touches the soul. Adonai’s ‘shalom’ protects every heart and mind from the present ‘chaos.’ Those who remain united with Yeshua, the Sar haShalom, will know enduring ‘shalom.’

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Psalm 119:161-168 (Shin)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word Picture - A Tooth

ש Shin – A Tooth

To Consume or Destroy

The letter Shin also represents ‘the divine presence of God’ or the Shekinah.

“Princes persecute me for no reason, but my heart stands in awe of your words. I take joy in your promise, like someone who finds much booty. I hate falsehood, I detest it; but I love your Torah. I praise you seven times a day because of your righteous rulings. Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble. I hope for your deliverance, Adonai; I obey your mitzvot. My soul observes your instruction, and I love it so much! I observe your precepts and instruction, for all my ways lie open before you.”

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shalom – שלום

Sש hin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘urge forward.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ם Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for shalom: destroy, consume and bind, the one urging forward chaos.

“Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble.”  The Hebrew word for ‘peace’ is shalom. The Hebrew Word Picture above gives more insight into the spiritual meaning of shalom.

The one who urges the world forward into ‘chaos’ is the Adversary. Those ‘princes’ who persecute and judge our walk of faith cause chaos in our lives. The Hebrew word for ‘prince’ is sar and means ‘official,’ ‘captain,’ or ‘ruler.’ It is the leaders who persecute those who keep Torah for no reason except that they hate the Truth.

The ‘destruction of the one who causes chaos’ comes from loving God’s Torah and living an obedient life through His precepts and commandments. Submitting to God’s Torah brings great shalom and nothing, not even lies and deceptions, can make you stumble. This is the reason David’s heart fears and respects God’s Word –– it keeps him from stumbling.

David rejoices in the promises of God for they are a great treasure to him. Yeshua compares this ‘treasure’ to the coming Kingdom: “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46). Seven times a day David halal or praises God for His righteous rulings. The Hebrew word halal means celebrate, give glory, sing, be worthy of praise, and shine. From halal comes halleluyah or Praise Yah.

David’s last statement, “for all my ways lie open before you,” reveals a man who is not afraid of being open and honest with God. He is not afraid of being convicted of his sin nor his need to repent. When the prophet Nathan confronts him about his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, David immediately repents and writes Psalm 51.  The Torah pointed out his sin; it also brought joy when he received salvation.

David hopes for salvation or yeshua. In that verse, the Hebrew uses yod-hey-vav-hey for Adonai meaning that ‘salvation’ is from yod-hey-vav-hey.  This salvation is desired for the immediate struggles in his life, but also for the future promise of an eternal kingdom.

God is going to raise King David from the dead in the Messianic Era; “they will serve Adonai their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them” (Jeremiah 30:9). King David will be prince over Israel while Yeshua rules the nations of the world from Jerusalem.  Those who are like King David, who consume and devour the Torah of God, will experience the first resurrection and reign with Messiah for one thousand years (Revelation 20:6).   King Yeshua and his priesthood, King David and his priesthood will bring forth the covenant of shalom and proclaim God’s righteous rulings (Numbers 25:12, Hebrews 13:20).

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