How Long, O Lord? Will You Hide Yourself Forever?

The mystery, the paradox of the wrath, power, patience, and mercy of the Lord God. Human beings; a breath, a passing shadow being put to death in the flesh but being made alive in the Spirit.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

The sayings of my mouth.

Expressions that expose what I perceive to be truth and wisdom.

The meditation of my heart.

To earnestly, deeply think and to murmur with tenderness, evoking a strong emotional response.

My soul is cast down. My soul is in turmoil within me. Why?
The oppression of my enemy [hating adversary]. (Ps 42)

Luke 2:34-35 – and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, ‘Lo, this [one] is set for the falling and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against — (and also thine own soul shall a sword pass through) — that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.’ (YLT)

This one [Christ Jesus] is set.
Set. To lie outstretched literally or figuratively. To place in a passive or horizontal posture; utterly prostrate.
Set for the falling and rising again of many
That the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.
To take the cover off; disclose.

What are the reasonings of our hearts that will be disclosed?

Gen 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. (ESV)

Let us make human beings
In our image: having our essential nature, reflecting our own characteristics. Being created in a loving unity of more than one person.1

Let us make human beings
After our likeness: signifies the original after which a thing is patterned.2

Having made human beings in their image and likeness, the Lord God instructed Adam, “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:17 ESV)

What are the reasonings of our hearts that are hidden but destined to be disclosed?

A foreign tongue came along contradicting the words spoken by the Lord God.

Gen 3:4-5 – But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Made in the image of God

Like God
You shall not eat…

God knows
When you eat
You will be like God, knowing

Like God. Eat and die.
Eat and know good and evil, being like God.

What were the reasonings of Adam and Eve’s hearts? What are the reasonings of your heart? Do you know? Are you aware? What is behind the things you say and think and do?

Like God.
God’s way? Or the adversary’s way?

How confusing it must have been for innocent, inexperienced, naïve, unsuspicious, childlike beings to encounter an untrustworthy being who presented enticing lies to them. Eve fell prey to the deception.

Gen 3:6-7 – So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

The woman saw
She took and ate
She gave
He ate
The eyes of both were opened
They knew
They made themselves
Covers
They knew they were naked. Bare. Uncovered. Exposed. Cunning. Deceptive.

Eve didn’t see death when she looked at the tree.

She didn’t see like the Lord God sees. Because she didn’t see as God sees, she didn’t trust that his words are life.

Was Adam and Eve’s experience with falling from innocence good and beneficial for them? Or was their experience with falling evil and harmful for them? Or maybe their experience was both at the same time, just as the Lord God intended!

Does our answer to this question depend upon which perspective we’re viewing it from, vessel of wrath or vessel of mercy? From the Lord God’s big picture perspective or from our small, selfish, self-centered perspective?

Ps 145:17 – The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. (ESV)

Isa 45:7 – I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things. (ESV)

What if…

Rom 9:22-25 – What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? (ESV)

What if God…

Desiring to show his wrath. Willing to show his wrath. To show, to indicate by word or act.
What if God desiring, willing to show, to indicate by word or act, his wrath

Wrath: desire, as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind, i.e. by analogy, violent passion, ire, or justifiable abhorrence; by implication punishment.3

It seems that we uncover paradox in the Lord God’s wrath. Paradox is a statement that seems contradictory. Desire, a reaching forth or excitement of the mind. Vessel of mercy. Violent passion, ire, justifiable abhorrence, punishment. Vessel of wrath.

What if God, desiring to make known his power…

Power: Powerful or capable.4

The Lord God is able, capable of dealing with both vessel of wrath and vessel of mercy at the same time to accomplish his purpose, for he is right in all his ways and kind in all his works.

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction…?

Prepared/fitted: To complete thoroughly, i.e. repair or adjust.5
Destruction: Ruin or loss, physical, spiritual or eternal.6

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power…in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, whom he has prepared beforehand for glory

The Lord God prepared the vessel of wrath. Repaired, adjusted, completed it thoroughly. But beforehand the Lord God prepared the vessel of mercy. Completed it thoroughly.

Mercy: Compassion, human or divine, especially active.7
Prepared beforehand: To fit up in advance.8
Glory: Dignity, honor, praise, worship.9

The Lord God prepared the vessel of wrath. Repaired, adjusted, completed it thoroughly. For the purpose of ruin. For the purpose of loss. Physical. Spiritual. Eternal.

But beforehand, in advance, the Lord God prepared the vessel of mercy. Repaired, adjusted, completed it thoroughly. For the purpose of mercy and active compassion. For dignity. Honor. Praise. Worship.

The Lord God prepared both vessels, so we could experience the difference between living and breathing his word and another’s word; so that we would be able to see from his perspective to discern and so freely agree with his choice for us.

How do we hold the Lord God’s wrath with tenderness and affection in our minds? How do we reconcile his wrath with his being kind in all his works? Maybe we do it by understanding what the Lord God is doing and how he is doing it.

Ps 139:15-16 – My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret [a cover], intricately woven in the depths [pit, womb] of the earth [ground, land]. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them. (ESV)

Might the psalmist David be saying that as the Lord God formed Adam from the dust, he also, at the same time, formed every human being?

Woven in the depths, the pit, the womb of the earth. It seems that David perceives far more than just our physical bodies in this text. For he speaks of the days [span of time or ages] that were formed for him.

Days formed. Formed through the squeezing into shape, to mold into a form; especially as a potter; to determine, form a resolution. Purpose. To press, be narrow, be in distress.10

Could it be that the grave itself is a womb where the Lord God makes us in secret?

Could it be that the Lord God uses days, time and everything that each hold, light and dark, well-being and calamity, physical life and death to form, shape and mold us according to his purpose? Both vessel of wrath and vessel of mercy?

Ps 56:8 – You have kept count of my wanderings; store my tears in your water-skin — aren’t they already recorded in your book? (CJB)

My wanderings. To waver. To wander, flee, disappear; To console; deplore, taunt.11
Paradox.

2 Cor 11:3 – and I fear that somehow your minds may be seduced away from simple and pure devotion to the Messiah, just as Havah [Eve] was deceived by the serpent and his craftiness. (CJB)

My wanderings. Away from simple and pure devotion to the Messiah. Simple and pure devotion to the Messiah is the Lord God’s choice for us. But, like Eve, we’re susceptible to being deceived, seduced, snared, and captured by another’s words, by a different spirit, a different savior. Our affections and allegiance misdirected. We’re often unaware, unconscious of the hidden influences that our thoughts, judgments, interpretations, memories, impulses, desires, and feelings have on our emotions and behavior.12

What is the Lord God doing about our tendency to wander?

What is the Lord God doing about our tendency to wander as a result of our inherent, hidden influences?

Heb 2:14-15 – Therefore, since the children share a common physical nature as human beings, he became like them and shared that same human nature; so that by his death he might render ineffective the one who had power over death (that is, the Adversary) and thus set free those who had been in bondage all their lives because of their fear of death. (CJB)

Fear of death. Literal or figurative. Is fear of death the reasonings of our heart that will be revealed and exposed?

Made in the Lord God’s image in essential nature
Created in a loving unity of more than one person
Patterned after the Lord God himself
Human beings
And Christ Jesus.

Human beings.
Seduced. Deceived. Clothed in dirty, filthy, depressingly wretched, meanly selfish garments.

Christ Jesus.
Pure. True. Simplicity and singleness of devotion to the Lord God. Void of self-seeking. Unselfish. Generous in overlooking injury or insult.

Christ Jesus became like human beings
He shared the same human physical nature (flesh and blood)
So that by his death
He might render ineffective
The one who had power over death (that is, the Adversary)
So that by his death
Set free
Those who had been in bondage all their lives
Because of their fear of death

Are you aware of fearing death? Separation? Ending? Destruction of dreams? Exposure of vanity?

Ps 89:46-48 – How long, O Lord? Will you hide [by covering] yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?  Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man! What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? (ESV)

How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
When shall I come and appear before God? When shall I see God?

Ps 88:14-18 – O Lord, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me? Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless. Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me. They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in on me together. You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness. (ESV)

O Lord, why?

Why do you cast my soul away? Why do you push me aside, reject, forsake, fail me?
Why do you hide your face from me?

I
I am
I am helpless.
This discovery is the beginning of the destruction of the vessel of wrath and the revelation of the vessel of mercy!

How to respond when the Lord God hides his face

What did the prophet Isaiah commit to doing when the Lord God hid his face from the Hebrews in his day?

Isa 8:17 – I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. (ESV)

I will wait for the Lord. Wait: Through the idea of piercing. To delineate. Describe. Entrench; to cut down into. To adhere to. To stick fast. To await.13

I will hope in the Lord. Hope/look for: To bind together, perhaps by twisting; collect; to expect.14

How different the first few decades of my life might have been if I had understood and known to simply wait for the Lord, to embrace the piercing, to stick fast, to be bound together with the Lord God, to anticipate that he would act, and he would save me. But I was unaware that I was being created, recreated, in a loving unity with Love, Grace and Fellowship. So, instead, I was striving to create myself, to make myself good, acceptable, and worthy of love so I could belong. All I managed to do was prolong the agony of the dying and rebirth process!

What does the Lord God know the result will be when suffering and rejection finally cause us to admit that we are helpless?

Hos 5:15 – I [Lord God] will go and return to my place, till they admit their guilt and search for me, seeking me eagerly in their distress.” (CJB)

Admit their guilt. Acknowledge their offence. Perish. Be made desolate.15

For decades I thought I was a victim of the Lord God’s failure to love and care for me, a victim of his unfair refusal to answer my prayers, a victim of his neglect to rescue me from hard life circumstances.

Since the Lord God didn’t appear to be trustworthy to make my life look and feel the way I wanted it to, I took control myself, just like Eve. Until I realized I was helpless. How arrogant and foolish I was to pit myself against the Lord God and his purposes for me!

I will go. I will return to my place. Till. Till they admit they are offensive, desolate, dead. Till they search for, strive after, desire me, beg, beseech, inquire and investigate me in worship and prayer.

Seeking me eagerly/early: to be up early, with earnestness, to search for with painstaking.16

Have you been drawn, driven, wooed to the Lord God in this way yet? Do you recognize your oppression, your unfulfilled longings, your suffering as the Lord God’s patience in waiting for you wake up and acknowledge that you’ve wandered away from simplicity and singleness of devotion to the Lord God? Are you up early, earnestly, painstakingly seeking the Lord God?

Ps 89:46-48 – How long, O Lord? Will you hide [by covering] yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?  Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man! What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? (ESV)

How long will your wrath burn like fire? To kindle. To consume, by fire or by eating.17 Consuming the vessel of wrath, that I ignorantly think is me, and work hard to preserve and beautify.

Your wrath. Anger, poison from its fever. To be hot; figuratively, to conceive.18 Conceiving and giving birth to the vessel of mercy, who I really am.

Paradox.
For what vanity you have created all the children of man! For vanity, the vessel of wrath.

Vanity. The sense of desolating; evil as destructive, literally ruin; morally especially guile, cunning in dealing with others; figuratively, idolatry, as false, uselessness as deceptive.19

Why did the Lord God create all the children of man for vanity?

Job 14:1-2 – “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not. (ESV)

Ps 144:4 – Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. (ESV)

What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?

For years, my passion and resources were focused on the wrong vessel. I was trying to save the vessel that my Creator/Potter had intentionally prepared for destruction! I had no knowledge or experience with the vessel of mercy that is the real me.

1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit (ESV)

Being put to death in the flesh
But made alive in the spirit
The mystery, the paradox
The wrath, power, patience, and mercy of the Lord God
Vessels of wrath prepared for destruction
In order to make known the riches of his glory
For vessels of mercy which he has prepared beforehand for glory
Being put to death in the flesh
But made alive in the spirit
Restored to singleness of devotion to the Lord God, void of self-interest.

2 Cor 5:14-16 – For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. (ESV)

How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever? Oh, that we all might live! No longer for ourselves. Without regard for the flesh. Being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit!

Interact with the words of Scripture through deep, careful study.

Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart to spirit. Anticipate unifying of body, mind and spirit to mirror and imitate the life of Jesus.

Meditate. Experience the word of Scripture bodily by moaning, growling, uttering, speaking aloud each word, syllable by syllable. Experience the words of Scripture expressing the longing and desire and hope in the depth of your own soul. Become acquainted with your longing. Anticipate that your soul’s longing will be satisfied, its hunger will be filled with good things, and it will be healed and made complete again. Let the inspired word of God arouse feelings of awe.

2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)

Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. Become conscious of your companions.

Stay in this place of rest and fellowship for as long as you can.

When finished, select just one word or phrase and carry it with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Let it soak deep into your soul. Tomorrow, meditate on the entire text again. Select the same word or phrase or a different one to carry with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Do this practice every day. Let God’s Word begin to fill your soul with good things.

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. (Ps 119:15-16 MSG)

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8)

I encourage you to look for ways and practices to help you become aware of Holy Spirit and to relinquish all that you have and all that you are to Holy Spirit’s convicting, enlightening, restorative ministrations.

A practice that has been life-changing for me comes from Psalm 46:10.

Ps 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)

Be still.
It’s a paradox.
Be still. A state of being. Am. Is. Stay, remain as in was, were.
It’s a process of letting go in order to rediscover Life that was forfeited.
It’s a process of ceasing, stopping, to be destroyed, and dying in order to be redeemed.
It’s a process of abandoning and neglecting in order to be healed and made whole.

It’s a process of opposing, contending, and striving in order to give up, renounce, leave, and abandon self-interest that is death, forfeiture of Life.

It’s a process of becoming weak, feeble, to be wept over in order to return to the original Life that was forfeited, but is bought back by the only One who has Life in himself.

Be still, consequently
Know

Know, not in the sense of accumulating facts and figures, receiving answers about what to do to get a good life, but know as in relationship. Know as in Being. Awareness, consciousness, discernment, recognition, acquaintance, familiar friend, feel, perceive, have respect, have understanding, instruction, presence, fellowship.

Be still.

Letting the vessel of wrath prepared for destruction go in order to know the riches of God’s glory for vessels of mercy.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1In or image: Statue. tselem OT:6754, “statue; image; copy.” Cognates of this word appear in Ugaritic and Phoenician (perhaps), Akkadian, Aramaic, and Arabic. Old Testament Hebrew attests it 17 times.

This word means “statue”: “And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly…” 2 Kings 11:18; cf. Num 33:52.

This word signifies an “image or copy” of something in the sense of a replica: “Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel…” 1 Sam 6:5. In Ezek 23:14 tselem represents a wall painting of some Chaldeans.

The word also means “image” in the sense of essential nature. So Adam “begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth” Gen 5:3. Human nature in its internal and external characteristics is what is meant here rather than an exact duplicate. So, too, God made man in His own “image,” reflecting some of His own perfections: perfect in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, and with dominion over the creatures Gen 1:26. Being created in God’s “image” meant being created male and female, in a loving unity of more than one person Gen 1:27. It is noteworthy that in Gen 1:26 (the first occurrence of the word) the “image” of God is represented by two Hebrew words (tselem and demut); by tselem alone in Gen 1:27 and 9:6; and by demut alone in Gen 5:1. This plus the fact that in other contexts the words are used exactly the same leads to the conclusion that the use of both in passages such as Gen 1:26 is for literary effect.

In Ps 39:6 tselem means “shadow” of a thing which represents the original very imprecisely, or it means merely a phantom (ghost?), a thing which represents the original more closely but lacks its essential characteristic (reality): “Surely every man walketh in a vain show [tselem]; surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them” (cf. Ps 73:20 — the word represents a “dream image”). (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

2After our likeness: A. Verb. damah OT:1819, “to be like, resemble, be or act like, liken or compare, devise, balance or ponder.” This verb appears in biblical Hebrew about 28 times. Cognates of this word appear in biblical Aramaic, Akkadian, and Arabic. Damah means “to be like” in Ps 102:6: “I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.”

  1. Noun. demut OT:1823, “likeness; shape; figure; form; pattern.” All but 5 of the 25 appearances of this word are in poetical or prophetical books of the Bible.

First, the word means “pattern,” in the sense of the specifications from which an actual item is made: “Now King Ahaz went to Damascus… and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship” 2 Kings 16:10, NASB.

Second, demut means “shape” or “form,” the thing (s) made after a given pattern. In 2 Chron 4:3 the word represents the “shape” of a bronze statue: “And under it was the similtude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about.” In such passages demut means more than just “shape” in general; it indicates the “shape” in particular. In Ezek 1:10, for example, the word represents the “form” or “likeness” of the faces of the living creatures Ezekiel describes. In Ezek 1:26 the word refers to what something seemed to be rather than what it was: “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne….”

Third, demut signifies the original after which a thing is patterned: “To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?” Isa 40:18. This significance is in its first biblical appearance: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Gen 1:26.

Fourth, in Ps 58:4 the word appears to function merely to extend the form but not the meaning of the preposition ke: “Their poison is like the poison of a serpent….” (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

 3Wrath: NT:3709<START GREEK>o)rgh/<END GREEK> orge (or-gay’); from NT:3713; properly, desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), i.e. (by analogy,) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

4Power: NT:1415 <START GREEK>dunato/$<END GREEK> dunatos (doo-nat-os’); from NT:1410; powerful or capable (literally or figuratively); neuter possible: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Prepared/fitted: NT:2675 <START GREEK>katarti/zw<END GREEK> katartizo (kat-ar-tid’-zo); from NT:2596 and a derivative of NT:739; to complete thoroughly, i.e. repair (literally or figuratively) or adjust: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Destruction: NT:684 <START GREEK>a)pw/leia<END GREEK> apoleia (ap-o’-li-a); from a presumed derivative of NT:622; ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7Mercy: NT:1656 <START GREEK>e&leo$<END GREEK> eleos (el’-eh-os); of uncertain affinity; compassion (human or divine, especially active): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8Prepared beforehand: NT:4282 <START GREEK>proetoima/zw<END GREEK> proetoimazo (pro-et-oy-mad’-zo); from NT:4253 and NT:2090; to fit up in advance (literally or figuratively): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Glory: NT:1391<START GREEK>do/ca<END GREEK> doxa (dox’-ah); from the base of NT:1380; glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (literal or figurative, objective or subjective): KJV – dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

10Formed: OT:3335 <START HEBREW>rx^y*<END HEBREW> yatsar (yaw-tsar’); probably identical with OT:3334 (through the squeezing into shape); ([compare OT:3331]); to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine (i.e. form a resolution): KJV –  earthen, fashion, form, frame, make (-r), potter, purpose.

OT:3334 <START HEBREW>rx^y*<END HEBREW> yatsar (yaw-tsar’); a primitive root; to press (intransitive), i.e. be narrow; figuratively, be in distress: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

11Wandering: OT:5110 <START HEBREW>dWn<END HEBREW> nuwd (nood); a primitive root; to nod, i.e. waver; figuratively, to wander, flee, disappear; also (from shaking the head in sympathy), to console, deplore, or (from tossing the head in scorn) taunt: KJV – bemoan, flee, get, mourn, make to move, take pity, remove, shake, skip for joy, be sorry, vagabond, way, wandering. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

12Unconscious. (from Webster’s Dictionary)

13Wait: OT:2442 <START HEBREW>hk*j*<END HEBREW> chakah (khaw-kaw’); a primitive root [apparently akin to OT:2707 through the idea of piercing]; properly, to adhere to; hence, to await:

OT:2707 <START HEBREW>hq^j*<END HEBREW> chaqah (khaw-kaw’); a primitive root; to carve; by implication, to delineate; also to entrench: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

14Hope/look for: OT:6960 <START HEBREW>hw*q* <END HEBREW> qavah (kaw-vaw’); a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 15Acknowledge their offence: OT:816 <START HEBREW><v^a* <END HEBREW> ‘asham (aw-sham’); or ‘ashem (aw-shame’); a primitive root; to be guilty; by implication to be punished or perish: KJV –  certainly, be (-come, made) desolate, destroy,  greatly, be (-come, found, hold) guilty, offend (acknowledge offence), trespass. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

16Seeking me eagerly/early: OT:7836 <START HEBREW>rj^v*<END HEBREW> shachar (shaw-khar’); a primitive root; properly, to dawn, i.e. (figuratively) be (up) early at any task (with the implication of earnestness); by extension, to search for (with painstaking): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 17Burn: OT:1197 <START HEBREW>ru^B*<END HEBREW> ba`ar (baw-ar’); a primitive root; to kindle, i.e. consume (by fire or by eating); also (as denominative from OT:1198) to be (-come) brutish: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

18Wrath: OT:2534 <START HEBREW>hm*j@<END HEBREW> chemah (khay-maw’); or (Dan 11:44) chema’ (khay-maw’); from OT:3179; heat; figuratively, anger, poison (from its fever):

OT:3179 <START HEBREW><j^y*<END HEBREW> yacham (yaw-kham’); a primitive root; probably to be hot; figuratively, to conceive: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 19Vanity: OT:7723 <START HEBREW>aw=v*<END HEBREW> shav’ (shawv); or shav (shav); from the same as OT:7722 in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjective), uselessness (as deceptive, objective; also adverbially, in vain): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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