Posts Tagged ‘Torah’

Psalm 43:1,3 – Daily Bible Verse

November 20, 2020

Judge me, God, and plead my cause against a faithless nation. Rescue me from those who deceive and from those who are unjust…. Send out your light and your truth; let them be my guide; let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the places where you live.Complete Jewish Bible

The Hebrew word for ‘judge or ‘vindicate’ is דון or din and means to ‘execute judgment.

The Hebrew word for ‘plead’ is רוב or rib and means ‘contend.’

The Hebrew word for ‘faithless’ or ‘ungodly’ is לא חסיד or lo chadid and means ‘no kindness, no piety, or immoral.’

The Hebrew word for ‘rescue’ is פלת or palat and means ‘to deliver as in finding a way to escape.’

The Hebrew word for ‘deceive’ is מרמה or mirmah and means ‘false, dishonest or betrayal of trust.’ Mirmah is to be guilty of misleading others.

The Hebrew word for ‘unjust’ is עול or avel and means ‘unrighteous, full of iniquity, wrong.’

The Hebrew word for ‘light’ is אור or or and means ‘light of instruction’ or Torah.

The Hebrew word for ‘truth’ is אמת or emet and means ‘your faithfulness as spoken.’

“Execute judgment for me, Yahweh and contend my cause against an unkind and immoral nation. Help me escape from those who betray trust and mislead others and from those who are unrighteous and full of iniquity…. Send out your light of instruction and your spoken word of faithfulness; let them be my guide; let them lead me to your holy mountain [in Jerusalem], to the places where you live.

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Psalm 1:1 – Daily Bible Verse

November 19, 2020

“How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! Their delight is in Adonai’s Torah; on his Torah they meditate day and night.” (Complete Jewish Bible)

In Hebrew the word for ‘blessed’ is אשר or esher and means ‘how happy!’

In Hebrew the word for ‘reject’ is the phrase ‘does not walk.’ The word for ‘walk in Hebrew is הלך or halacha and means ‘to go’ or ‘to come’ or ‘accompany.’ The word halacha is used to describe the way one walks according to the Biblical commands as outlined by Jewish rabbis. The ‘way of walking’ encompasses civil, criminal and religious rules.

The Hebrew word דרך or derech is also used in this verse. This word means ‘path,’ or ‘course of life.’ It would coincide with halacha as the ‘way to walk’ in the ‘course of life’ should be according to Torah. The derech is also a journey suggesting a life that is daily transformed.

The Hebrew word for ‘advice’ is עצה or etzah and means ‘counsel’ or ‘purpose.’

The Hebrew word for ‘wicked’ is רשע or rasha and means ‘criminal,’ or ‘guilty of a moral crime’ especially in relation to a hostility toward God. It includes being guilty of sin against God or another person.

‘Sinners’ in Hebrew is חטא or chattah and means ‘offenders’ and ‘those who have sinned.’ The root of this word is chat and means ‘to miss’ as ‘to miss the mark’ as if one were shooting an arrow. The commandments of God or Torah are the goal or the target. When one ‘misses the mark,’ they ‘fall short of God’s glory,’ and are accounted as a sinner.

The Hebrew word for ‘scoffers’ is לוץ or lutz and means ‘ambassador,’ ‘interpretor,’ or ‘scoffer.’ When used as interpretor or ambassador, it suggests ‘speaking in opposition to God.’ They are accusing, proud, and incapable of being disciplined.

The Hebrew word for ‘sit’ is ישב or yashab and means ‘to dwell’ or ‘remain.’ This is reference to being ‘seated’ and ‘remaining.’ Another word for ‘sit’ is מושב or moshav and means ‘an assembly.’ In Isra’el a moshav is an agricultural town or community that works together similar to a kibbutz. Both of these terms are used in the Hebrew of this verse.

The Hebrew word for ‘delight’ is חפץ or chephetz and means ‘desire,’ ‘pleasure,’ ‘longing’ from a willful sense.

In the Complete Jewish Bible and other Hebraic translations of Scripture, the word Torah is used instead of ‘law,’ because torah is the Hebrew word found in this verse. Torah means ‘teachings and instructions’ and refers to the first five books of the Bible.

‘Meditate’ in Hebrew is הגה or hagah and means ‘to speak,’ ‘to utter,’ ‘to moan.’ The word haggadah comes from this word and is used for ‘the telling’ of the Passover account during a Pesach seder.

“How happy! are those who do not walk or accompany the morally guilty of crimes through their journey on the pathway of the commandments, who do not make their halacha, or dwell with, or assemble with, or be an ambassador of those who miss the mark of God’s directions and offend Him. Instead, their pleasure, their longing is in the teachings of Yahweh, and on His instructions they moan, utter, and speak all the time, both day and night.”

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Instruction or Teaching (Law) – Hebrew: Torah


Torah in Hebrew means ‘teaching and instruction’

Torah is also known as the ‘law of the LORD,’ the ‘law given to Moses,’  it is to be guarded and observed for life.

“Then he took the book of the covenant (instruction) and read it aloud so the people could hear; and they responded, “Everything that ADONAI has spoken, we will do and obey.’ Moshe took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which ADONAI has made with you in accordance with all these words” (Exodus 24:8, CJB).

“Then he (Moses) took the Book of the Covenant (instruction) and read it to the people.  They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said we will obey” (Exodus, 24:8, NIV).

When Torah is translated as ‘law,’ it gives sense of legalism which has perverted the true meaning and purpose of the word Torah.

Vines, page 355, “The statement maintains the freedom of the believer from the ‘law’ of Moses in its totality as a means of justification. …nomos a term comprehensive of all Scriptures, not a ‘law’ of compulsion enforced from without, but meeting with ready obedience through the desire and delight of the renewed being who is subject to it; into it he looks and in its teaching he delights.”

“ADONAI said to Moshe, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and stay there.  I will give you the stone tablets with the Torah (direction and instruction) and the mitzvot (commands) I have written on them, so that you can teach them” (Exodus 24:8, CJB).

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law (torah) and commands I have written for their instruction” (Exodus 24:8, NIV).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Tav – ‘Crossed Sticks’ means ‘covenant or sign’

Vav – ‘A Nail’ means ‘binding or binding together’

Resh – ‘A Head’ means ‘authority or leader’

Hey – ‘A Window’ means ‘behold or reveal

torah – covenant sign binding together the authority revealed

Greek – nomos means that which is assigned, prescribed by custom or statute.  This word implies administration of justice.

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Psalm 119:9-16 (Bet)

 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 - House

ב – Bet – Tent or House

Physical house or building, body of something, household or family, inside or within

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot (commands).  I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you. Blessed are you, Adonai! Teach me your laws!  I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken. I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth. I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways. I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.”

Purity is a difficult lifestyle in today’s world especially in the area of sexual purity.  Guarding and protecting God’s Word has been minimized and its value disputed leaving young men and women without a solid moral compass.   Seeking the Lord with all one’s heart and not straying from God’s commands is the key to purity.  This ‘young man’ considers God’s rulings and laws his treasure and more valuable than wealth.  It is what is within us, within our homes and our families the reveals that which we delight in.  As Yeshua said in Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”   

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