Now My Eye Sees You

Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

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

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)

Set. To lie outstretched literally or figuratively. To place in a passive or horizontal posture; utterly prostrate.
Set. That the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.
Revealed. To take the cover off; disclose.

Having the reasonings of our hearts revealed is a painful, but necessary process, if we are to know the Lord God, and relate to the Lord God as Job did.

Job 2:11-13 – Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place… They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

When Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came to show him sympathy and comfort.

Evil: bad, natural or moral; adversity, affliction, calamity, displeasure, distress, great grief, ill-favored, misery, sorrow, trouble, wretchedness, wrong.1

What were the sayings of Job’s mouth, and the meditation of his heart, as he sat there in silence, in misery, in ashes, in grief, scraping his sores for seven days and seven nights? What were the sayings of his friends’ mouths, and the meditation of their hearts as they sat there in silence with Job for seven days and seven nights? Were their meditations pleasing before the Lord God?

Job 3:1 – After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. (ESV)

Reasonings of the heart revealed

Thus, the reasonings from the depths of Job’s heart, and his friends’ hearts, and my own, began to be revealed.

Job 4:1-9 – Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: “If one ventures a word with you, [Job], will you be impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking? Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.

But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed. Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?

“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off? As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed. (ESV)

But now it has come to you
It touches you
And you are impatient
You are dismayed.

Did Job’s friends perceive, know, experience the Lord God the same way as Job?

While Job’s friends seemed to attribute his troubles with wrongdoing of some sort, Job maintained that he was innocent of all wrongdoing.

How can Job be so certain of his innocence? Was he perfect? Was he innocent? Was he enlightened and correct regarding his soul’s state? Was he in perfect relationship with the Lord God? Or were there imperfections hidden deep in his heart that he was unaware of? Was there an even deeper level of intimacy with the Lord God that he had not yet experienced?

Job 19:1-12; 21-27 – Then Job answered and said [to his friends]: “How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words? These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me? And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself. If indeed you magnify yourselves against me and make my disgrace an argument against me, know then that God has put me in the wrong and closed his net about me. Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered; I call for help, but there is no justice. He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths. He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head. He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree. He has kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary. His troops come on together; they have cast up their siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.

Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me! Why do you, like God, pursue me? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh? “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! (ESV)

Broken to pieces with words and a touch

How long will you torment me [vex my soul]?
How long will you break me in pieces with words?

Break in pieces: to crumble, to bruise, beat to pieces, contrite, crush, destroy, humble, oppress, smite.2

With words.
God!
God has put me in the wrong. God has overthrown me.
The hand of God has touched me.

God has put me in the wrong: To wrest. To turn, bend, twist, to pull or force away violently with a twisting motion. To take or extract by force. To distort. Deal perversely. Turn upside down.3

The hand of God has touched me.

Has touched: Lay the hand upon for any purpose, to reach, figuratively, to arrive, acquire; violently, to strike, punish, defeat, destroy, beat, be able to bring down, draw near, join.4

While I had always assumed that God was punishing me for failing to meet his standards, it seems that God’s purpose is not ultimately about punishment. When he strikes, punishes, defeats, destroys, beats, brings down, at the very same time he is drawing near, joining, to make us one with him, so that we desire steadfast love, so that we desire the knowledge of God. So that we wrestle and seek to understand him as Job did.

The hand of God has touched me.
The hand of my Creator/Potter has touched me.
He has touched both the vessel of wrath and the vessel of mercy at the same time.

Being pursued

Why do you, like God pursue me?
Pursue. Persecute. To run after, usually with hostile intent; chase, put to flight, follow after, hunt.5

Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
With my flesh: Body, person, by euphemism, the pudenda of a man; kin, nakedness, skin.6

Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
Satisfied: To sate, i.e. fill to satisfaction; have enough.7

Job 23:11-12 – My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food. (ESV)

Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

Did Job, like me, make the mistake of thinking that his own will and efforts were responsible for his good fortune until now? Did he make an error and judge the Lord God as being unfair in treating (testing) him this way?

Hos 6:6 – For I [Lord God] desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. (ESV)

Job’s friends asked him, “Is not your fear of God your confidence?”

Prov 14:26 – In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. (ESV)

In the fear of the Lord

Fear: Fear may indicate being afraid of something or someone… the psychological reaction… “fear” or “dread” or “terror.” Used of a person in an exalted position, fear connotes “standing in awe.” This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God… There is more involved here than mere psychological fear.8

In recognizing the power and position of the Lord God, one has strong confidence.

Job’s friends also asked him, “Is not the integrity of your ways your hope?”

Did Job’s hope rest in the integrity of his ways?

Should our hope rest in the integrity of our ways? Can we be certain of our integrity? Did Job’s friends, and Job himself, share a smidgeon of my expectation of reward for my own efforts in obeying God’s commands?

1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope
Set your hope fully
Fully on the grace
The grace that will be brought to you
The grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:13 – Wherefore having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, hope perfectly upon the grace that is being brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ (YLT)

Preparing. Having girded up. Repetition, intensity, reversal. Bind about, especially with a belt; girdle, purse.9

Preparing your mind for action. Having girded up the loins of your mind.
Loins: Externally, the hip. Internally, by extension, procreative power.10

Mind: Deep thought, the faculty, mind or its disposition, its exercise. The channel of an act. The intellect, divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will. To know; allow, be aware of, feel, perceive, be sure, understand.11

The procreative power of the mind. Intellect. Thought. Will. Feeling. Awareness. Perception. Certainty. Understanding.

The mind. Its exercise. The channel of an act. Repetition. Intensity. Reversal. Bind about with a belt. God-consciousness. Love. Light. Truth. Righteousness. Fear of God.

Ask the Lord God to help you picture the process of preparing your mind for action. What is involved in girding up the loins of your mind? What is the anticipated fruit or result of preparing your mind, girding up the loins of your mind?

The mind. Hope. Hope perfectly, hope fully upon the grace that is being brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Grace: the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life.12

Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?

Hope: a cord as an attachment; figuratively, expectancy. Expectation, hope, live, thing longed for.13

The mind. Hope. Fear of God. Grace. Divine influence upon your heart. Reflection of divine influence upon your life that is being brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ.

God-consciousness consistently, compassionately, mercifully swallowing up ego-consciousness to give new, abundant life.

My mind consumed

Job proclaimed:

Job 19:25-27 – For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! (ESV)

Job 19:27 – I will see him for myself, my eyes, not someone else’s, will behold him. My heart grows weak inside me! (CJB)

Job 19:27 – Whom I — I see on my side, And mine eyes have beheld, and not a stranger, Consumed have been my reins in my bosom. (YLT)

My eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
My heart grows weak inside me!
Consumed have been my reins in my bosom.

Consumed: To end, to cease, be finished, perish; to complete, prepare, consume; accomplish, determine, bring to pass, wholly reap.14

My reins: a kidney as an essential organ; figuratively, the mind as the interiorself.15

Within me: to inclose, bosom.16

What is the Lord God up to in touching Job?

Again, it seems that the Lord God’s purpose is two-fold, dealing with the vessel of wrath and the vessel of mercy at the same time.

My heart faints. My heart grows weak. My mind. Ego-conscious mind and heart consumed; to end, to cease, to perish, to be finished, to complete, to wholly reap, to prepare, to accomplish, to determine, to bring to pass God-conscious mind.

Do you perceive the both/and paradox that is embraced in grace that is being brought to us in the revelation of Jesus Christ in our everyday experiences?

Rom 9:22-23 – [the Lord 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— (ESV)

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”

Did Job know that his Redeemer lived, at that very moment, in his own soul? Did Job know that he did not need to wait for “someday” for his Redeemer to stand upon earth to see him? Did Job know that he could “see” his Redeemer now, in the present moment, in every moment?

I will see him for myself, my eyes, not someone else’s, will behold him. My heart grows weak inside me!

He justified himself rather than God

And so, the conversation continued between Job and his three friends until finally:

Job 32:1-8 – So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then Elihu… burned with anger… at Job because he justified himself rather than God. He burned with anger also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he…

And Elihu… answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’ But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (ESV)

Job 35:16 – Job [the flesh] opens his mouth in empty talk; he multiplies words without knowledge.” (ESV)

Job 37:16 – Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him [Lord God] who is perfect in knowledge (ESV)

And so, Job’s heart was revealed, and mine along with his. Righteous in his own eyes. Justified himself rather than God. Opened his mouth in empty talk. Multiplied words without knowledge. Questioning the One who is perfect in knowledge.

Job 37:19-24 – “If you’re so smart, give us a lesson in how to address God. We’re in the dark and can’t figure it out. Do you think I’m dumb enough to challenge God? Wouldn’t that just be asking for trouble? No one in his right mind stares straight at the sun on a clear and cloudless day. As gold comes from the northern mountains, so a terrible beauty streams from God. “Mighty God! Far beyond our reach! Unsurpassable in power and justice! It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly. So bow to him in deep reverence, one and all! If you’re wise, you’ll most certainly worship him.” (MSG)

Job 37:23-24 – The Almighty—we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate. Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” (ESV)

Finally, the Lord God himself responded.

Job 38:1-2 – Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (ESV)

Out of the whirlwind
The Lord God speaks.
Who is this?
Who is this that darkens counsel?
By words
Words without knowledge?

The Lord God himself declared Job to be blameless and righteous, a man who feared God and turned away from evil. Yet, he asks, “Who is this?” The Lord God does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit. Not even Job!

Job is a great example of this paradox: We all are both vessels of mercy, made in the image of God, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places Link to Blog10 Chosen Before yet, at the same time, we are vessels of wrath without knowledge of God, so that the Lord God asks, “Who is this?” as he constantly, consistently exposes and reveals the reasonings of our hearts.

Which self is in control? The vessel of mercy who knows the Lord God and is known by him? Or the vessel of wrath who is addicted to its own patterns of thoughts and ways that does not know the Lord God and is not known by God?

Job 42:1-6 – Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’ I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand — from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry — forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.” (MSG)

I had heard, but now my eye sees you

Job 42:5-6 – I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (ESV)

I had heard of you
Crusts of hearsay
Crumbs of rumor
But now!
Now I have it all firsthand
My eye
Sees you
My eye: by analogy, a fountain as the eye of the landscape.17
Now my eye sees you.
Previously, I could not see beyond myself
My own ego-consciousness.
Now my eye sees you.

Sees you: To behold, certainly, consider, discern, make to enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, joyful, look on, one another, meet, be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, have respect, cause to, let see.18

Job saw with a new eye. He saw a much bigger picture. He saw, not with the eye of his flesh, but with the eye of spirit. He saw, not with the judgment of his flesh, or with the wisdom of his own conceit, but through grace, he saw, he experienced a new, deeper revelation of Jesus Christ, a deeper knowing, a more complete understanding, a more intimate union.

Why are you not satisfied with my flesh in which I justify myself rather than the Lord God? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh in which I open my mouth in empty talk without knowledge? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh in which I rely on the wisdom of my own conceit?

Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

2 Cor 4:16-18 – So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (ESV)

Whether we are aware of it or not
Our flesh, our outer nature is wasting away
While, at the same time, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
Whether we are aware of it or not
These slight momentary afflictions are preparing for us
An eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

Look!
Not to the things that are seen
See!
See with a different eye
See things that are unseen.
For the things that are seen with the eye of flesh,
Seen through ego-consciousness
Are transient.
But the things that are unseen with the eye of the flesh
Unseen through ego-consciousness
Seen with a different eye
Seen through the eye of God-consciousness
Are eternal.

Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

Because you want me to long for and seek for and see you with a different eye! So, along with Job, I can exclaim in wonder and awe, “Now my eye sees you!”

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 mind and 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.

See with a different eye. See through the eye of grace, the grace that is being brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ. See with the aid of this divine influence upon your heart.

Be still.
It’s a paradox.
Be still.
It’s a state of being. Am. Is. Stay, remain as in was, were.
Be still.
It’s a process of letting go in order to rediscover Life that was forfeited through neglect of the soul.

Be still.
It’s a process of ceasing, stopping, to be destroyed, dying in order to experience Abundant Life.

Be still.
It’s a process of abandoning and neglecting in order to be healed and made whole.
Be still.
It’s a process of opposing, contending, and striving to give up, renounce, leave, and abandon self-interest that is death, forfeiture of Life.
Be still.
It’s a process of becoming weak, feeble, to be wept over 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 and agreeing with facts and figures, receiving answers about what to do to get a good life, but know as in relationship. Participation with. Love. Know as in Being. Awareness, consciousness, discernment, recognition, acquaintance, familiar friend, feel, perceive, have respect, have understanding, instruction, presence, fellowship.

Be still.
It’s a process of 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:

1Evil: OT:7451 <START HEBREW>ur^<END HEBREW> ra` (rah); from OT:7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral): KJV – adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, displease (-ure), distress, evil ([-favouredness], man, thing), exceedingly, great, grief (-vous), harm, heavy, hurt (-ful), ill (favoured), mark, mischief (-vous), misery, naught (-ty), noisome, not please, sad (-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked (-ly, -ness, one), worse (-st), wretchedness, wrong. [Incl. feminine ra`ah; as adjective or noun.]. (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.)

2Break in pieces: OT:1792 <START HEBREW>ak*D*<END HEBREW> daka’ (daw-kaw’); a primitive root (compare OT:1794); to crumble; transitively, to bruise (literally or figuratively): KJV – beat to pieces, break (in pieces), bruise, contrite, crush, destroy, humble, oppress, smite.

OT:1794 <START HEBREW>hk*D*<END HEBREW> dakah (daw-kaw’); a primitive root (compare OT:1790, OT:1792); to collapse (phys. or mentally): (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.)

 3Has overthrown me: OT:5791 <START HEBREW>tw^u*<END HEBREW> `avath (aw-vath’); a primitive root; to wrest: KJV – bowself, (make) crooked., falsifying, overthrow, deal perversely, pervert, subvert, turn upside down. (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.)

4Has touched: OT:5060 <START HEBREW>ug^n* <END HEBREW> naga` (naw-gah’); a primitive root; properly, to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphem., to lie with a woman); by implication, to reach (figuratively, to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.): KJV – beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch. (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.)

5Pursue/persecute: OT:7291 <START HEBREW>[d^r*<END HEBREW> radaph (raw-daf’); a primitive root; to run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively [of time] gone by): KJV – chase, put to flight, follow (after, on), hunt, (be under) persecute (-ion, -or), pursue (-r). (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.)

6With my flesh: OT:1320 <START HEBREW>rc*B*<END HEBREW> basar (baw-sawr’); from OT:1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphem.) the pudenda of a man: KJV – body, [fat, lean] flesh [-ed], kin, [man-] kind, nakednessself,, skin. (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.)

7Satisfied: OT:7646 <START HEBREW>ub^c*<END HEBREW> saba` (saw-bah’); or sabea` (saw-bay’-ah); a primitive root; to sate, i.e. fill to satisfaction (literally or figuratively): KJV – have enough, fill (fullself,, with), be (to the) full (of), have plenty of, be satiate, satisfy (with), suffice, be weary of. (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.)

8Fear: A. Verb.

yare° OT:3372, “to be afraid, stand in awe, fear.” This verb occurs in Ugaritic and Hebrew (both biblical and post-biblical). The Bible attests it approximately 330 times and in all periods.

Basically, this verb connotes the psychological reaction of “fear.” Yare° may indicate being afraid of something or someone. Jacob prayed: “Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children” Gen 32:11.

Used of a person in an exalted position, yare° connotes “standing in awe.” This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “…I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Gen 22:12. The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Gen 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Ex 14:31. There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe of” Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates Ex 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning Flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Ex 20:20. In this passage, the word represents “fear” or “dread” of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Gen 15:1.

Yare° can be used absolutely (with no direct object), meaning “to be afraid.” Adam told God: “…I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” Gen 3:10 — the first occurrence. One may be “afraid” to do something, as when Lot “feared to dwell in Zoar” Gen 19:30.

  1. Nouns.

mora° OT:4172, “fear.” The noun mora°, which appears 12 times, is used exclusively of the fear of being before a superior kind of being. Usually it is used to describe the reaction evoked in men by God’s mighty works of destruction and sovereignty Deut 4:24. Hence, the word represents a very strong “fear” or “terror.” In the singular, this word emphasizes the divine acts themselves. Mora° may suggest the reaction of animals to men Gen 9:2 and of the nations to conquering Israel Deut 11:25.

yir°ah OT:3374, “fear; reverence.” The noun yir°ah appears 45 times in the Old Testament. It may mean “fear” of men Deut 2:25, of things Isa 7:25, of situations Jonah 1:10, and of God Jonah 1:12; it may also mean “reverence” of God Gen 20:11. (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

9Gird up: NT:328 <START GREEK>a)nazw/nnumi <END GREEK> anazonnumi (an-ad-zone’-noo-mee); from NT:303 and NT:2224; to gird afresh:

NT:303 <START GREEK>a)na/<END GREEK> ana (an-ah’); a primary preposition and adverb; properly, up; but (by extension) used (distributively) severally, or (locally) at (etc.): KJV – and, apiece, by, each, every (man), in, through. In compounds (as a prefix) it often means (by implication) repetition, intensity, reversal, etc.

NT:2224 <START GREEK>zw/nnumi<END GREEK> zonnumi (dzone’-noo-mi); from NT:2223; to bind about (especially with a belt):

NT:2223 <START GREEK>zw/nh<END GREEK> zone (dzo’-nay); probably akin to the base of NT:2218; a belt; by implication, a pocket: KJV – girdle, purse. (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.)

10Loins: NT:3751 <START GREEK>o)sfu/$<END GREEK> osphus (os-foos’); of uncertain affinity; the loin (externally), i.e. the hip; intern. (by extension) procreative power: KJV – loin. (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.)

11Mind: NT:1271 <START GREEK>dia/noia<END GREEK> dianoia (dee-an’-oy-ah); from NT:1223 and NT:3563; deep thought, properly, the faculty (mind or its disposition), by implication, its exercise: KJV – imagination, mind, understanding.

NT:1223 <START GREEK>dia/<END GREEK> dia (dee-ah’); a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional): KJV – after, always, among, at, to avoid, because of (that), briefly, by, for (cause). ..fore, from, in, by occasion of, of, by reason of, for sake, that, thereby, therefore, though, through (-out), to, wherefore, with (-in). In composition it retains the same general import.

NT:3563 <START GREEK>nou=$<END GREEK> nous (nooce); probably from the base of NT:1097; the intellect, i.e. mind (divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will); by implication meaning: KJV – mind, understanding. Compare NT:5590.

NT:1097 <START GREEK>ginw/skw<END GREEK> ginosko (ghin-oce’-ko); a prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed): KJV – allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know (-ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand. (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.)

12Grace: NT:5485 <START GREEK>xa/ri$<END GREEK> charis (khar’-ece); from NT:5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): KJV – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

NT:5463 <START GREEK>xai/rw<END GREEK> chairo (khah’-ee-ro); a primary verb; to be “cheerful”, i.e. calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation (on meeting or parting), be well: KJV – farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hall, joy (-fully), rejoice. (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.)

13Hope: OT:8615 <START HEBREW>hw*q=T!<END HEBREW> tiqvah (tik-vaw’); from OT:6960; literally, a cord (as an attachment [compare OT:6961]); figuratively, expectancy: KJV – expectation ([-ted]), hope, live, thing that I long for. (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.)

14Be consumed: OT:3615 <START HEBREW>hl*K*<END HEBREW> kalah (kaw-law’); a primitive root; to end, whether intransitive (to cease, be finished, perish) or transitived (to complete, prepare, consume): -accomplish, cease, consume (away), determine, destroy (utterly), be (when … were) done, (be an) end (of), expire, (cause to) fail, faint, finish, fulfil, fully, have, leave (off), long, bring to pass, wholly reap, make clean riddance, spend, quite take away, waste. (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.)

15My reins: OT:3629 <START HEBREW>hy*l=K!<END HEBREW> kilyah (kil-yaw’); feminine of OT:3627 (only in the plural); a kidney (as an essential organ); figuratively, the mind (as the interiorself): KJV – kidneys, reins. (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.)

16Within me: OT:2436 <START HEBREW>qyj@<END HEBREW> cheyq (khake); or cheq (khake); and chowq (khoke); from an unused root, apparently meaning to inclose; the bosom (literally or figuratively): -bosom, bottom, lap, midst, within. (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.)

17My eye: OT:5869 <START HEBREW>/y!u^<END HEBREW> `ayin (ah’-yin); probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape): (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.)

18Sees you: OT:7200 <START HEBREW>ha*r*<END HEBREW> ra’ah (raw-aw’); a primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative): KJV – adviseself, appear, approve, behold, certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, indeed, joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see (-r, -m, one another), shew (self), sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, surely, think, view, visions. (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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