Salvation Belongs to The Lord

It does not depend on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

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 is in my heart, revealing 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.

Prepare body, mind and spirit.

Before you begin this study, prepare your body, mind and spirit. Become aware of what hinders you from quieting yourself, and as each presents itself give it to the Lord God to hold for you. If you want them back later, he’ll return them.

If we’re preoccupied with ourselves and the things and concerns of this world, it’s impossible to be open to the Lord God and his kingdom and his words, thoughts and actions.

Inhale.
Exhale.

An Indian Yoga teacher, Krishna Macharya, taught:
Inhale, and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.
Exhale, and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.

Deep calls to deep.

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7 ESV)

As you read, study, meditate and contemplate Jonah’s experience with the deep, consider that it is much more than a simple story of one man’s personal experience. Rather, it is a picture of the profound mystery that every human being will experience in one way or another at one time or another. It is a picture of recovering spiritual truth and rediscovering who we really are, spiritual beings, vessels of mercy through whom the life and power and love of Christ Jesus himself flows.

John 3:5-6 – Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (ESV)

To be in a deep.

Note how Jonah described his experience with the deep calling to deep, the process of his falling and rising again:

Jonah 1:6-13 – So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.

Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” (ESV)

What are you doing, you sleeper?
Sleeper: to stun, i.e. stupefy with sleep or death. Be in a deep.1

Jonah answered the mariners, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

Jonah said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”

It seems that the accompanying mess of our failure to wake up and listen; resisting, fleeing and hiding from the presence of our God, always oozes and spews out, impacting everyone around us.

I know it is because of me.

David and Solomon described their experience with this kind of knowledge.

1 Chron 21:17 – And David said to God, “Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done great evil. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O Lord my God, be against me and against my father’s house. But do not let the plague be on your people.” (ESV)

Eccl 9:18 – Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. (ESV)

Are you familiar with the trouble and destruction that just one person whose words, thoughts and ways are contrary to the Lord God’s words, thoughts and ways bring on everyone and everything around them? Have you yourself been one to destroy much good?

If so, take courage. There is hope!

What a monumental breakthrough we make when we wake up and can acknowledge, “It is because of me.”

Lam 3:25-33 – Adonai [Jehovah, The LORD] is good to those waiting for him, to those who are seeking him out. It is good to wait patiently for the saving help of Adonai. It is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when he has laid it on him. Let him submit absolutely; there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to the one who strikes it, and receive his fill of insults. For rejection by Adonai does not last forever. He may cause grief, but he will take pity, in keeping with the greatness of his grace. For he does not arbitrarily torment or punish human beings. (CJB)

Wait patiently for the saving help of the Lord God. Sit alone in silence. Submit absolutely.

God’s not finished.

The Lord God may cause grief, but he will take pity, in keeping with the greatness of his grace.

Isa 30:18 – But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right — everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones. (MSG)

Never give in to thoughts and feelings that the mess you’ve made of life is hopeless.
Do not succumb to lies about your worth because someone has mistreated or abused you.
God’s not finished!
God’s not finished with them or with you.

Flesh
Stupefied with sleep or death
Flesh
To be in a deep
Spirit
Awakening. Knowing. Waiting. Seeking what is hidden. Seeking for the Lord God.
Seek.
Sit alone in silence.
Submit absolutely.
Welcome the death of your flesh (ego, self-interest) with the birth of your spirit, intimacy with the Lord.
God takes the time to do everything right.
Wait around for him and you’ll see.
He will take pity, in keeping with the greatness of his grace.

After waking up and acknowledging his failure, Jonah provided his companions with the answer to save themselves from the trouble that he had brought upon them through his waywardness.

“Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”

It seems that Jonah here chooses affliction rather than iniquity. He chooses to admit that the Lord God is right, and he is wrong. He chooses to lose his life rather than justify himself and lead others into destruction with him.

Did Jonah have any idea in that moment that the Lord his God had intentions to save him, too?
Did he know that God’s not finished?
Did he know that God is waiting around to be gracious to us, all of us?

Jonah 1:17 – And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (ESV)

Jonah was in the belly of the fish, just as Christ Jesus was in the grave for three days and three nights.

Then…

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; Yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’

The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land. (Jonah 2 ESV)

Yet!
Jonah was waking up!
Letting go his puny thoughts and self-serving and preserving ways to embrace his God’s thoughts and ways.
Yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.
Yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!

Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Then…
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God
Prayed. To judge, decide, officially or mentally; by extension, to intercede.2
I called out to the Lord, out of my distress.
I called. I addressed by name; through the idea of accosting a person met.3
Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish.

Recovering spiritual truth.

Belly: to be soft; intestines, abdomen, figuratively, sympathy. The stomach, the uterus, or of men, the seat of generation; the heart.4

From the deep, Jonah responded to the call of the deep.
The mystery of paradox. Vessel of wrath. Vessel of mercy. Flesh. Spirit. Sleep. Awakening. Death. Birth.
Out of the belly of Sheol I cried.

Out of the belly of: to be hollow; the belly, especially the womb. Also, the bosom or body of anything; the breast regarded as the source of feelings or the seat of inmost thoughts.5

Out of the hollow
Out of the womb
Out of the source of feelings
Out of the seat of inmost thoughts
Out of Sheol

Out of Sheol/Hades. Out of the world of the dead as if a subterranean retreat, including its accessories and inmates. To inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand.6

Deep calls to deep.
To inquire. To request. To demand.
Deep calls to deep.
Out of the world of the dead, the sleeper awakens and cries out in distress
Encountering
At last recognizing the voice of deep that has so long been calling, addressing him by name
Where are you?

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the steadfast, enduring love of God, and the fellowship of Holy Spirit calls and responds from the abyss that is too deep to measure, even accosts in an intrusive way, addressing by name the one plunging down, down into the bottomless gulf of darkness, of lostness, of emptiness, of misery, of death.

Grace, Love, Fellowship.
They inquire. They request. They demand.
Vessel of wrath. Vessel of mercy.
Destruction. Freedom.
Death. Birth. New Life!
Out of the womb! Resurrection!
Born of the water and of the Spirit.

Out of Sheol I cried.
I cried. To be free. To shout or call out in order to attract attention. To halloo for help, i.e. freedom from some trouble.7

Responding to trouble.

Job 36:15 – He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity. (ESV)

I marvel at the thoughts and ways of the Lord God! Do we err in asking the Lord God to spare us from trouble or to take away trouble without first asking him to expose our spirit and heart to know why we are experiencing trouble or to discern why we ask him to remove our trouble from us?

Are we aware of sin crouching at the door desiring to turn us away from the Lord when we experience pain and disappointment when we don’t get our own way? Is unwillingness to welcome everything that the Lord God allows, trusting that it is for our good, just another way of resisting and fleeing from God? How often do we miss an opportunity to die to our own words and thoughts and ways to gain a deeper revelation into God’s words and thoughts and ways, because we want him to remove what he may intend as a gift of great value through our affliction?

Prov 24:10-12 – If you give up when trouble comes, it shows that you are weak. Save those who are being led to their death; rescue those who are about to be killed. If you say, “We don’t know anything about this,” God, who knows what’s in your mind, will notice. He is watching you, and he will know. He will reward each person for what he has done. (NCV)

Did Jonah see the Lord God’s call to deliver a message to the city of Nineveh as trouble? Was he giving up when he fled from the presence of God rather than go to Nineveh to deliver the Lord’s message? Was Jonah refusing to save those being led to their death? Was he refusing to rescue those who were about to be killed when he fled from the presence of God? In what ways am I doing exactly as Jonah did?

Was God exposing Jonah’s weakness and taking it in hand when he made Jonah aware that it was because of him that others were caught in desperate, life-threatening circumstances?

Affliction. Trouble. Do we perceive Jonah’s affliction to be the experience of being cast into the sea? Or do we perceive his affliction to be much deeper, more catastrophic even than that? What was Jonah’s weakness? What vain idols had he been paying regard to? What had stopped up his ear so that the Lord God used such intense adversity to open his ear so he would listen to the Lord God and seek him and go where he sent him to give the gift and speak the message he was given?

Contrast between my thoughts and the Lord God’s thoughts.

Isa 40:28-29 – Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. (ESV)

Do I run when I fear that I can’t do what the Lord God asks of me? Do I run because I fear that the cost is too great to me to follow Christ Jesus? Do I run because I do not love others with the same love that the Lord God has loved me?

My thinking is twisted, backwards and upside down! For the Lord God promises that it’s when I’m faint and weak and weary and afraid that I’m in a perfect position to become acquainted with the power and strength of my God!

I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me.
Answered/heard me: to eye or generally to heed, i.e. pay attention; to respond; to begin to speak; cause to give answer.8
I cried, and you heard my voice.
Heard: to hear intelligently, attention, obedience, to tell, perceive, understand.9

Have you experienced the pain of failing to listen and respond to the Lord God the first time or the second or the tenth, or the hundredth because you were trusting in your own strength and wisdom to do what he asked? Have you suffered severely because you thought you had reason to distrust the Lord God and so failed to be faithful to him?

Have you also experienced this profound awe that is rooted in an acute awareness that even after your stubborn refusal to listen, in a state of absolute helplessness and unworthiness, the Lord God, your Creator and Redeemer has heard you, understands you, and has somehow inseparably joined you together with himself to accomplish his purpose? Have you experienced in the depths of your soul a knowing that you cannot describe or understand, yet know without question that all is well, all is exactly as it should be, even though your discomfiting outward circumstances have not changed?

You threw me away.

You, Lord God.
You cast me. You threw me out. You threw me down. You threw me away.10
You cast me into the heart of the deep, into the heart of the seas.
The seas: to roar, as breaking in noisy surf.11
The flood surrounded me.
Flood: a stream; to sparkle; be cheerful; to flow, assemble.12
The flood surrounded me. Sparkle. Cheerful. Flow. Assemble.
Surround: To revolve, surround or border. Bring again, cast, fetch, lead, make, whirl, cause to come about, return.13
All your waves and your billows passed over me.
Passed over: to cross over, used very widely of any transition; specifically, to cover in copulation.14
Falling. Put to death in the flesh.
Cause to come about. Return to dust.
Womb.
Cover.
Made alive in the Spirit.

The waters closed in over [surrounded] me
Waters: water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen.15
The waters closed in over me [even to the soul] to take my life.

Soul: a breathing creature; vitality; bodily or mental. To breathe; passively, to be breathed upon, i.e. refreshed as if by a current of air.16

The deep surrounded me.

The deep: an abyss as a surging mass of water; to make an uproar or agitate greatly; to put in commotion; to disturb, drive, destroy; to make a loud sound like hum; to be in great commotion or tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor.17

I went down: to descend; to go downwards; to a lower region; a boundary, the enemy; figuratively, to fall. Causatively, to bring down, cast down; sink, subdue, take down.18

Pause. Bring to mind a time when you experienced the deep, when you felt helpless and shrouded in the darkness of unknowing, and the fear of losing your treasures.

Allow the sense of chaos and unknowing and helplessness to wash over you as it did Jonah. Trust it. Embrace it. Welcome it. Wait patiently for it to do its work of recreating you.

You do not know.

Eccl 11:5 – As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. (ESV)

John 3:8 – The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (ESV)

The work of God who makes everything
Born of water
Born of the Spirit.
I went down
Yet you brought up my life
You brought up my life from the pit
 
Pit. Trap; figuratively, destruction. To sink.19

When my life was fainting away
When fainted: to shroud, clothe, darkness, to languish.20
When my life [my soul] was fainting away, I remembered the Lord
Remembered: to mark so as to be recognized; by implication, to mention.21
And my prayer came to you2
When my life, my soul, was fainting away, I remembered the Lord.

Salvation belongs to the Lord!

Not to you and me. We cannot save ourselves.

And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

Rom 9:16 – So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (ESV)

Salvation belongs to the Lord!
Pure gift.

Ps 5:7 – But I can enter your house because of your great grace and love; I will bow down toward your holy temple in reverence for you. (CJB)

Meditate and contemplate as you open yourself to the Lord God’s process of salvation, the womb of the deep, where you are born anew, in the Spirit, because of his great grace and love.

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

Read the Lord God’s words. Read slowly. Read reflectively. Not just with your mind but with your heart and spirit. Let his words sink in. Ruminate upon his words. Digest them. Absorb them. Take from them what he wants to give to you.

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.

Respond by setting your thoughts and emotions aside and let your heart speak to God without words.

Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart to spirit. Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. Become conscious of your companions. Longing for you. Your longing for them.

Simply rest in God’s words. Listen to God at the deepest level of your inner being. Listen as Love speaks with a still small voice that moves you to silence and an ever-deepening listening in which the Word becomes active and alive in you, gradually transforming you from within.22

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)

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, so it miraculously combines your spirit with God’s Spirit. 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, with life.

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 ESV)

Ask the Lord God to make you aware of the breath of the Almighty in you. Believe him when he says his breath makes you understand. Make no requests or inquiries of him except that you may find him. Let all expectations go. Simply seek him by waiting quietly for him, willing to receive anything he desires to give you. He knows your needs better than you do. He weighs the spirit and the heart. Salvation belongs to the Lord.

Experiencing this salvation that belongs to the Lord is a process of knowing in a different way than our usual method of physical senses, logic, and emotions.

Read the following scripture text and note what word or words catch your attention. What questions immediately come to mind? What emotions, desires, fears… surface?

Prov 23:26 – My son [daughter], give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. (ESV)

Prov 23:26 – Dear child, I want your full attention; please do what I show you. (MSG)

Consider the definition of heart in your musings.

Heart: the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything: KJV –  care for, comfortably, consent,  considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]),  heed,  I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed),  regard ([-ed)],  themselves,  unawares, understanding,  well, willingly, wisdom.23

Ask the Lord God to expose and reveal your heart. Ask him to teach you how to give your heart to him, your feelings, your will, your intellect, the very center of your being. Ask him how to give him your full attention so that you can mirror Jesus. Jesus lived his life in the flesh this way, moment by moment, completely dependent upon his Father.

John 5:19 – So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. (ESV)

Let the Lord God’s words become reality in your inner being. Then they will naturally spill out into your external life.

As with learning any new skill giving your heart to the Father takes time and much diligent practice. Do not become discouraged in the practice of giving your heart to our Father!

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:

1Sleeper: OT:7290 <START HEBREW><d^r*<END HEBREW> radam (raw-dam’); a primitive root; to stun, i.e. stupefy (with sleep or death): KJV – (be fast a-, be in a deep, cast into a dead, that) sleep (-er, -eth). (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.)

2Prayed: OT:6419 <START HEBREW>ll^P*<END HEBREW> palal (paw-lal’); a primitive root; to judge (officially or mentally); by extension, to intercede, pray:(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.)

3Call/cry: OT:7121 <START HEBREW>ar*q*<END HEBREW> qara’ (kaw-raw’); a primitive root [rather identical with OT:7122 through the idea of accosting a person met]; to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications): (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.)

4Belly: OT:4578 <START HEBREW>hu#m@<END HEBREW> me`ah (may-aw’); from an unused root probably meaning to be soft; used only in plural the intestines, or (collectively) the abdomen, figuratively, sympathy; by implication, a vest; by extens. the stomach, the uterus (or of men, the seat of generation), the heart (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.)

5Out of the belly of: OT:990 <START HEBREW>/f#B#<END HEBREW> beten (beh’-ten); from an unused root probably meaning to be hollow; the belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything: (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.)

Bosom: breasts; a thing thought of as like this [the bosom of the sea]. The breast regarded as the source of feelings or the seat of inmost thoughts. (Webster’s Dictionary)

6Sheol/hell: OT:7585 <START HEBREW>loav=<END HEBREW> she’owl (sheh-ole’); or sheol (sheh-ole’); from OT:7592; Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates:

OT:7592 <START HEBREW>la^v*<END HEBREW> sha’al (shaw-al’); or sha’el (shaw-ale’); a primitive root; to inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand: (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.)

7I cried: OT:7768 <START HEBREW>uw^v*<END HEBREW> shava` (shaw-vah’); a primitive root; properly, to be free; but used only causatively and reflexively, to halloo (for help, i.e. freedom from some trouble): (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.)

8Answered/heard me: OT:6030 <START HEBREW>hn*u*<END HEBREW> `anah (aw-naw’); a primitive root; properly, to eye or (generally) to heed, i.e. pay attention; by implication, to respond; by extens. to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce: KJV – give account, afflict [by mistake for OT:6031], (cause to, give) answer, bring low [by mistake for OT:6031], cry, hear, Leannoth, lift up, say,  scholar, (give a) shout, sing (together by course), speak, testify, utter, (bear) witness. See also OT:1042, OT:1043. (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.)

8Heard: OT:8085 <START HEBREW>um^v*<END HEBREW> shama` (shaw-mah’); a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.): KJV –  attentively, call (gather) together,  carefully,  certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare,  diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell),  indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound,  surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness. (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.)

10You had cast me: OT:7993 <START HEBREW>El^v*<END HEBREW> shalak (shaw-lak); a primitive root; to throw out, down or away (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.)

11Seas: OT:3220 <START HEBREW><y*<END HEBREW> yam (yawm); from an unused root meaning to roar; a sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article), the Mediterranean Sea; sometimes a large river, or an artificial basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south: (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.)

12Flood: OT:5104 <START HEBREW>rh*n*<END HEBREW> nahar (naw-hawr’); from OT:5102; a stream (including the sea; expec. the Nile, Euphrates, etc.); figuratively, prosperity:

OT:5102 <START HEBREW>rh^n*<END HEBREW> nahar (naw-har’); a primitive root; to sparkle, i.e. (figuratively) be cheerful; hence (from the sheen of a running stream) to flow, i.e. (figuratively) assemble: (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.)

13Surround: OT:5437 <START HEBREW>bb^s* <END HEBREW> cabab (saw-bab’); a primitive root; to revolve, surround, or border; used in various applications, literally and figuratively (as follows): KJV – bring, cast, fetch, lead, make, walk,  whirl,  round about, be about on every side, apply, avoid, beset (about), besiege, bring again, carry (about), change, cause to come about,  circuit, (fetch a) compass (about, round), drive, environ,  on every side, beset (close, come, compass, go, stand) round about, inclose, remove, return, set, sit down, turn (self) (about, aside, away, back). (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.)

14Passed over: OT:5674 <START HEBREW>rb^u*<END HEBREW> `abar (aw-bar’); a primitive root; to cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation): (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.)

15Waters: OT:4325 <START HEBREW><y!m^<END HEBREW> mayim (mah’-yim); dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen: (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.)

16Soul: OT:5315 <START HEBREW>vp#n#<END HEBREW> nephesh (neh’-fesh); from OT:5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):

OT:5314 <START HEBREW>vp^n* <END HEBREW> naphash (naw-fash’); a primitive root; to breathe; passively, to be breathed upon, i.e. (figuratively) refreshed (as if by a current of air): (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.)

17The deep: OT:8415 <START HEBREW><ohT=<END HEBREW> tehowm (teh-home’); or tehom (teh-home’); (usually feminine) from OT:1949; an abyss (as a surging mass of water), especially the deep (the main sea or the subterranean water-supply):

OT:1949 <START HEBREW><Wh<END HEBREW> huwm (hoom); a primitive root [compare OT:2000]; to make an uproar, or agitate greatly:

OT:2000 <START HEBREW><m^h*<END HEBREW> hamam (haw-mam’); a primitive root [compare OT:1949, OT:1993]; properly, to put in commotion; by implication, to disturb, drive, destroy:

OT:1993 <START HEBREW>hm*h*<END HEBREW> hamah (haw-maw’); a primitive root [compare OT:1949]; to make a loud sound like Engl. “hum”); by implication, to be in great commotion or tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor: (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.)

18I went down: OT:3381 <START HEBREW>dr^y*<END HEBREW> yarad (yaw-rad’); a primitive root; to descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications); -X abundantly, bring down, carry down, cast down, (cause to) come (-ing) down, fall (down), get down, go (-ing) down (-ward), hang down,  indeed, let down, light (down), put down (off), (cause to, let) run down, sink, subdue, take 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.)

19Pit: OT:7845 <START HEBREW>tj^v^<END HEBREW> shachath (shakh’-ath); from OT:7743; a pit (especially as a trap); figuratively, destruction:

OT:7743 <START HEBREW>j^Wv<END HEBREW> shuwach (shoo’-akh); a primitive root; to sink, 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.)

20When fainted: OT:5848 <START HEBREW>[f^u*<END HEBREW> `ataph (aw-taf’); a primitive root; to shroud, i.e. clothe (whether transitive or reflex.); hence (from the idea of darkness) to languish: (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.)

21Remembered: OT:2142 <START HEBREW>rk^z*<END HEBREW> zakar (zaw-kar’); a primitive root; properly, to mark (so as to be recognized), i.e. to remember; by implication, to mention; also (as denominative from OT:2145) to be male: (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.)

22Lectio Divina as described by the 12th century Carthusian monk called Guigo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guigo_II

23Heart: OT:3820 <START HEBREW>bl@<END HEBREW> leb (labe); a form of OT:3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything: KJV –  care for, comfortably, consent,  considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]),  heed,  I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed),  regard ([-ed)],  themselves,  unawares, understanding,  well, willingly, wisdom.

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