Mystery of Godliness and Mystery of Lawlessness

Mysteries made known only by divine revelation.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

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)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and the meditation of his heart?

As you spend time resting in the word of God daily, forgetting everything you know except Jesus the Messiah, are you aware of a growing desire for your every word and thought to please the Lord? Are you becoming conscious of the Lord’s response to your every word and thought?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root as the Spirit of God brings them to life.

Mystery of godliness.

1 Tim 3:16 – Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He [Christ Jesus] was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (ESV)

Great indeed. Mystery of godliness. Christ Jesus.

Mystery of lawlessness.

1 Tim 4: 1-2 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, (ESV)

2 Thess 2:7-12 – For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume [abolish] with the breath of His mouth and destroy [render useless] with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned [judged] who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (NKJV)

The Spirit of God. Deceitful spirits. The lawless one. Delusion. Are we aware? Do we know which spirit influences us?

They did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Start with God.

Prov 1:7 – Start with God — the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. (MSG)

Take pleasure in trying to understand.

Prov 18:2 – A fool takes no pleasure in trying to understand; he only wants to express his own opinion. (CJB)

God makes sure that we all experience what it means.

Rom 11:32 – In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in. (MSG)

Mystery of godliness. Christ Jesus.
Mystery of lawlessness.
Already at work.
The coming [being near, presence] of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan.
Deception.
The coming [being near, presence] of Christ Jesus renders useless the lawless on.
Coming: a being near, presence.1
The lawless one will be revealed.
The Lord will consume the lawless one with the breath of his mouth.

Continue in my word.

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed [trusted] in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth [not hidden], and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31 (NRSV)

Continue in my word.
Continue: to stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.2

Continue in my word.
The Lord will consume the lawless one with the breath of his mouth.
The Lord will destroy the lawless one with the brightness of his coming [being near, presence].
Being near. Presence. Seen. Known.
Continue in my word.

Brightness: to shine upon, become literally visible or figuratively known.3

Exposed.

Eph 5:13-14 – But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (ESV)

Mystery of godliness. Mystery of lawlessness. Exposed. Awake, O sleeper.

Mystery: In the ordinary sense a “mystery” implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed. The operation of those hidden forces that either retard or accelerate the Kingdom of Heaven. The spirit of disobedience to God. That which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by his Spirit. It is truth revealed.4

Mystery. Knowledge withheld. Truth revealed. Hidden forces that either retard or accelerate the Kingdom of heaven. Made known by divine revelation.

The formerly hidden truth.

1 Tim 3:16 – Great beyond all question is the formerly hidden truth underlying our faith: He was manifested physically and proved righteous spiritually, seen by angels and proclaimed among the nations, trusted throughout the world and raised up in glory to heaven. (CJB)

Mystery of godliness. Mystery of lawlessness. Hidden forces that either retard or accelerate the Kingdom of heaven.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared.

Unacquainted with the Lord God’s ways.

Job 24:13 – “There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths. (ESV)

John 16:3 – They will do this because they have not known the Father and they have not known me [Christ Jesus]. (NCV)

Are you acquainted with the ways of the light? Do you stay in its paths? Do you know the Father and Christ Jesus? Do you desire to know them and their ways? What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal?

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.

Devoting: to hold the mind towards, pay attention, be cautious about, apply oneself to, adhere to.5

To what or whom do you pay attention, apply yourself to, and adhere to? The mystery of godliness or the mystery of lawlessness? Do you know? Can you discern between lie and truth?

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them. What knowledge has been withheld? What truth is being revealed? What are the hidden forces that are influencing you? What state is your heart and mind in?

Do we know the Father? Do we know Christ Jesus?

Because of God.

John 1:10-13 – He [Christ Jesus] was in the world — the world came to be through him — yet the world did not know him. He came to his own homeland, yet his own people did not receive him. But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God. (CJB)

Because of God they received Christ Jesus. Because of God they put their trust in Christ’s person and power. Because of God they were given the right to become children of God. Not because of bloodline. Not because of physical impulse. Not because of human intention. Because of God.

Mystery. Knowledge withheld. Truth revealed. Hidden forces that either retard or accelerate the Kingdom of heaven. That which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by his Spirit.

Receive. Put trust in the person and power of Christ Jesus because of God.
Others did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
They did not receive the love of Christ Jesus, that they might be saved.

Receive: to receive by deliberate and ready reception of what is offered; giving access to someone, hospitality, reception; the favorable reception of testimony and teaching; not only by the ear but to make it one’s own, to the heart.6

They did not receive the love of the truth. They did not receive the love of Christ Jesus. They did not give Christ Jesus access to their heart and mind. They did not make his testimony and teaching their own. They received it only by the ear, not from the center of their being. They were not illumined by his Spirit.

So, God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false.

I spent decades of my life in this state, receiving the testimony and teaching of Jesus only by the ear, though I attended church regularly and faithfully looked up answers in the Bible to study guide questions. I relied on my own logic and reasoning and life experience to make sense of God’s word. I was not illumined by his Spirit.

Can we discern between what is true and what is lie? Can we know the Father and Christ Jesus?

The reason the Son of God appeared.

1 John 3:8 – he who is doing the sin, of the devil he is, because from the beginning the devil doth sin; for this was the Son of God manifested, that he may break up the works of the devil; (YLT)

He may break up: to loosen; destroy, dissolve, unloose, melt, put off; wreck, crack, to sunder by separation of the parts.7

Coming. Being near. Presence. To shine upon. To be seen. To be known. The Son of God comes, that he may break up the works of the devil.

Note how Christ Jesus breaks up the works of the devil. He comes near to us! He, who is the light of the world, separates us from the lies by revealing himself. Lies simply dissolve and lose their power over us in the presence of truth.

John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV)

See. Know. I AM.

Heb 1:1-4 – Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (NCV)

God has spoken to us by a Son.

Have you received his words only by the ear and mind? Or have you personally met the Living Word and made him your own by welcoming him into your heart as you put your trust in his person and power?

God has spoken to us by a Son.
A Son who made purification for sins, freeing us from deceptive lies.
God has spoken to us by a Son.
A Son who sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
See. Know. I AM. The reflection of God’s glory.
See. Know. I AM. The exact imprint of God’s very being.
See. Know. I AM. The sustainer of all things by my powerful word.
See. Know. I AM. The purifier of your sins, under the influence of the mystery of lawlessness.
See. Know. I AM. The one who separates you from the works and lies of the devil.
See. Know. I AM. Coming. To be near. Present.

They did not receive the love of the truth [Christ Jesus].
They did not receive God’s love.
They did not receive truth, his person and power.

God gives them what they want.

2 Thess 2:11-12 – And since they’re so obsessed with evil, God rubs their noses in it — gives them what they want. Since they refuse to trust truth, they’re banished to their chosen world of lies and illusions. (MSG)

They refuse to trust truth, Christ Jesus.
They did not receive his person and power.
So they’re banished to their chosen world of lies and illusions.

Are you familiar with this state of existence? Banished to your chosen world of lies and illusions? I’m familiar with the misery of this state of being. I wasn’t conscious of making this choice even as I dutifully applied myself to checking off items on the list that supposedly demonstrated I was a good Christian. I knew facts, but I didn’t know the person or his power. His words were simply facts and rules to me, not life itself! I lived decades without the mystery of godliness being revealed to me. Only after the mysteries of godliness and lawlessness were revealed to me did I understand.

Rom 11:32 – In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in. (MSG)

Have you discovered the Lord God’s purpose in allowing us to have our own way when we don’t trust truth, when we won’t receive his person and power, whether willfully or in ignorance?

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

Job 36:16 – He also allured you out of distress into a broad place where there was no cramping, and what was set on your table was full of fatness. (ESV)

Allured you out: to prick, stimulate, seduce, entice, persuade, provoke.8
Distress: narrow; a tight place, trouble, sorrow, an opponent as crowding, adversary, anguish, enemy.9
Fatness: abundance; specifically, the fatty ashes of sacrifices.10

What narrow, tight, crowded place of trouble and sorrow are you experiencing because you don’t know the person and power of Christ Jesus? Are you aware of the Lord God using it to prick you, provoke you, persuade you, entice you to come out of your small, limited thinking? Will you sacrifice that narrow place to discover a broad place of abundance in the one who sacrificed himself for you? Will you sacrifice yourself for him?

Pause and allow yourself to become acquainted with the ways of the light, to marvel at God’s steadfast love, grace and fellowship. Never, ever will he leave you, even if he must banish you to your chosen world of lies and illusions to make known the mysteries of godliness and lawlessness.

Read the texts again. Chew upon these words. Turn them over and over in your mind and allow their significance to be absorbed by mind, body, soul and spirit.

We can trust truth. Don’t be afraid to let go and leave the familiar, narrow, cramped place!

The Lord God gave birth to us through a Word that can be relied upon.

James 1:17-18 – Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who made the heavenly lights; with him there is neither variation nor darkness caused by turning.  Having made his decision, he gave birth to us through a Word that can be relied upon, in order that we should be a kind of firstfruits of all that he created. (CJB)

Mystery. Knowledge withheld. Truth revealed. Hidden forces that either retard or accelerate the Kingdom of heaven. Made known by divine revelation. He gave birth to us through a Word. Made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by his Spirit.

Your teacher will not hide himself anymore.

Isa 30:19-22 – For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!” (ESV)

Salvation belongs to the Lord! Your ears shall hear a word, “This is the way, walk in it.”
Then!
Then you will defile your idols. You will say to them, “Be gone!”

How often we work hard in our own measly power and ignorance to get rid of our idols, bad habits, demeaning thoughts, controlling emotions… trying to make ourselves right and acceptable so we can receive God’s gifts.

Stop doing! And discover the act of simply being instead, heart and mind open to receive the gifts available only by divine revelation, illumined by his Spirit.

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

 

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

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty.

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)

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him.

James 1:21 – So rid yourselves of all vulgarity and obvious evil, and receive meekly the Word implanted in you that can save your lives. (CJB)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

I receive meekly the Word implanted in me

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

I receive the Word that can save my life.

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature, he is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. Through Jesus, our Messiah, God is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

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)

 

The Word of God, the mystery of godliness changed my thinking and my ways. I share his transforming words in my book, Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding.

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Coming: NT:3952 <START GREEK>parousi/a<END GREEK> parousia (par-oo-see’-ah); from the present participle of NT:3918; a being near, i.e. advent (often, return; specifically, of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked); (by implication) physically, aspect: KJV – coming, presence. (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.)

2Continue: NT:3306 <START GREEK>me/nw<END GREEK> meno (men’-o); a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): KJV – abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for),  thine own. (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.)

3Brightness: NT:2014 <START GREEK>e)pifai/nw<END GREEK> epiphaino (ep-ee-fah’-ee-no); from NT:1909 and NT:5316; to shine upon, i.e. become (literally) visible or (figuratively) known: KJV – appear, give light. (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.)

4MYSTERY musterion (<START GREEK>musth/rion<END GREEK>, NT:3466), primarily that which is known to the mustes, “the initiated” (from mueo (<START GREEK>mue/w<END GREEK>), “to initiate into the mysteries”; cf. Phil 4:12, mueomai, “I have learned the secret,” RV). In the NT it denotes, not the mysterious (as with the Eng. word), but that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit. In the ordinary sense a “mystery” implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed. Hence the terms especially associated with the subject are “made known,” “manifested,” “revealed,” “preached,” “understand,” “dispensation.” The definition given above may be best illustrated by the following passage: “the mystery which hath been hid from all ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to His saints” Col 1:26, RV. “It is used of:

“(a) spiritual truth generally, as revealed in the gospel, 1 Cor 13:2; 14:2 [cf. 1 Tim 3:9]. Among the ancient Greeks ‘the mysteries’ were religious rites and ceremonies practiced by secret societies into which any one who so desired might be received. Those who were initiated into these ‘mysteries’ became possessors of certain knowledge, which was not imparted to the uninitiated, and were called ‘the perfected,’ cf. 1 Cor 2:6-16 where the Apostle has these ‘mysteries’ in mind and presents the gospel in contrast thereto; here ‘the perfected’ are, of course the believers, who alone can perceive the things revealed; (b) Christ, who is God Himself revealed under the conditions of human life, Col 2:2; 4:3, and submitting even to death, 1 Cor 2:1 [in some mss., for marturion, testimony], 7, but raised from among the dead, 1 Tim 3:16, that the will of God to coordinate the universe in Him, and subject it to Him, might in due time be accomplished, Eph 1:9 (cf. Rev 10:7), as is declared in the gospel Rom 16:25; Eph 6:19; (c) the Church, which is Christ’s Body, i. e., the union of redeemed men with God in Christ, Eph 5:32 [cf. Col 1:27]; (d) the rapture into the presence of Christ of those members of the Church which is His Body who shall be alive on the earth at His Parousia, 1 Cor 15:51; (e) the operation of those hidden forces that either retard or accelerate the Kingdom of Heaven (i. e., of God), Matt 13:11; Mark 4:11; (f) the cause of the present condition of Israel, Rom 11:25; (g) the spirit of disobedience to God, 2 Thess 2:7; Rev 17:5,7, cf. Eph 2:2.”

From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine pp. 256. 257.

To these may be added (h) the seven local churches, and their angels, seen in symbolism, Rev 1:20; (i) the ways of God in grace, Eph 3:9. The word is used in a comprehensive way in 1 Cor 4:1. (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

5Devoting: NT:4337 <START GREEK>prose/xw<END GREEK> prosecho (pros-ekh’-o); from NT:4314 and NT:2192; (figuratively) to hold the mind (NT:3563 implied) towards, i.e. pay attention to, be cautious about, apply oneself to, adhere to: KJV – (give) attend (-ance, -ance at, -ance to, unto), beware, be given to, give (take) heed (to unto); have regard. (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.)

6Receive: 8. dechomai (<START GREEK>de/xomai<END GREEK>, NT:1209), “to receive by deliberate and ready reception of what is offered,” is used of (a) taking with the hand, taking hold, taking hold of or up, e. g., Luke 2:28, RV, “he received (Him),” KJV, “took he (Him) up”; 16:6,7; 22:17; 6:17; (b) “receiving,” said of a place “receiving” a person, of Christ into the Heavens, Acts 3:21; or of persons in giving access to someone as a visitor, e. g., John 4:45; 2 Cor 7:15; Gal 4:14; Col 4:10; by way of giving hospitality, etc., e. g., Matt. 10:14,40 (four times), 41 (twice); 18:5; Mark 6:11; 9:37; Luke 9:5,48,53; 10:8,10; 16:4; v. 9, of reception, “into the eternal tabernacles,” said of followers of Christ who have used “the mammon of unrighteousness” to render assistance to (“make… friends of”) others; of Rahab’s reception of the spies, Heb 11:31; of the reception, by the Lord, of the spirit of a departing believer, Acts 7:59; of “receiving” a gift, 2 Cor 8:4 (in some mss.; RV follows those which omit it); of the favorable reception of testimony and teaching, etc., Luke 8:13; Acts 8:14; 11:1; 17:11; 1 Cor 2:14; 2 Cor 8:17; 1 Thess 1:6; 2:13, where paralambano (No. 2) is used in the 1 st part, “ye received,” dechomai in the 2 nd part, “ye accepted,” RV (KJV, “received”), the former refers to the ear, the latter, adding the idea of appropriation, to the heart; James 1:21; in 2 Thess 2:10, “the love of the truth,:” i. e., love for the truth; cf. Matt 11:14, “if ye are willing to receive it,” an elliptical construction frequent in Greek writings; of “receiving,” by way of bearing with, enduring, 2 Cor 11:16; of “receiving” by way of getting, Acts 22:5; 28:21, of becoming partaker of benefits, Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; Acts 7:38; 2 Cor 6:1; 11:4 (last clause “did accept”: cf. lambano in previous clauses); Phil 4:18.

Note: There is a certain distinction between lambano and dechomai (more pronounced in the earlier, classical use), in that in many instances lambano suggests a self-prompted taking, whereas dechomai more frequently indicates “a welcoming or an appropriating reception” (Grimm-Thayer).

(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

7He may break up: NT:3089 <START GREEK>lu/w<END GREEK> luo (loo’-o); a primary verb; to “loosen” (literally or figuratively): KJV – break (up), destroy, dissolve, (un-) loose, melt, put off. Compare NT:4486.

NT:4486 <START GREEK>r(h/gnumi<END GREEK> rhegnumi (hrayg’-noo-mee); or rhesso (hrace’-so); both prolonged forms of rheko (which appears only in certain forms, and is itself probably a strengthened form of agnumi [see in NT:2608]); to “break”, “wreck” or “crack”, i.e. (especially) to sunder (by separation of the parts; NT:2608 being its intensive [with the preposition in composition], and NT:2352 a shattering to minute fragments; but not a reduction to the constituent particles, like NT:3089) or disrupt, lacerate; by implication, to convulse (wih spasms); figuratively, to give vent to joyful emotions: KJV – break (forth), burst, rend, tear. (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.)

8Allured you out: OT:5496 <START HEBREW>tWs <END HEBREW> cuwth (sooth); perhaps denominative from OT:7898; properly, to prick, i.e. (figuratively) stimulate; by implication, to seduce: KJV – entice, move, persuade, provoke, remove, set on, stir up, take away.

OT:7898 <START HEBREW>ty!v^<END HEBREW> shayith (shah’-yith); from OT:7896; scrub or trash, i.e. wild growth of weeds or briers (as if put on the field): KJV – thorns. (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.)

9Distress: OT:6862 <START HEBREW>rx^<END HEBREW> tsar (tsar); or tsar (tsawr); from OT:6887; narrow; (as a noun) a tight place (usually figuratively, i.e. trouble); also a pebble (as in OT:6864); (transitive) an opponent (as crowding): KJV – adversary, afflicted (-tion), anguish, close, distress, enemy, flint, foe, narrow, small, sorrow, strait, tribulation, 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.)

10Fatness: OT:1880 <START HEBREW>/v#D#<END HEBREW> deshen (deh’-shen); from OT:1878; the fat; abstractly fatness, i.e. (figuratively) abundance; specifically the (fatty) ashes of sacrifices: KJV – ashes, fatness. (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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