The Desire of Our Soul

He will plead with you face to face and bring you into the bond of the covenant.

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 in you.

The Lord God will plead with all flesh.

Jer 25:31 – A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. (KJV)

The LORD has a controversy with the nations.
Controversy: a contest, personal or legal. Pleading, strife, to defend.1

The LORD will plead with all flesh. Will plead: pronounce sentence for or against; to vindicate or punish, to govern, defend, judge needs, plead, reason, rule.2

How long will you refuse?

Ex 10:3 – So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. (ESV)

The LORD will plead with all flesh as he did with Pharaoh and the entire nation of Egypt. “How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me?”

Are you aware of this legal and personal controversy between the Lord God and all flesh? Are you aware of the Lord pleading with you individually and corporately with your nation and world, “How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Set the spirit free to serve me!”

The LORD will plead with all flesh. He will give them that are wicked to the sword. Am I wicked? Are you? Are we together wicked?
Wicked: morally wrong, condemned, do wrong.3
He will give them that do wrong to the sword.

How do these words make you feel? What picture forms in your mind as you read and say them? He will give them that do wrong to the sword.

What is the sword? What does it look like?

Sword: drought-a prolonged or serious shortage or deficiency, a cutting instrument; to parch through drought, to desolate, destroy, kill, make waste.4

From his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword.

Rev 1:12-16 – Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man [Christ Jesus], clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. (ESV)

A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth… His voice was like the roar of many waters.

How do these words describing the sword make you feel?

From his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword.

The word of God is living and active.

Heb 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes [like a flame of fire] of him to whom we must give account. (ESV)

God-Revealed, God-Known.

Hos 11:12-12:5 – Ephraim tells lies right and left. Not a word of Israel can be trusted. Judah, meanwhile, is no better, addicted to cheap gods. Ephraim, obsessed with god-fantasies, chases ghosts and phantoms. He tells lies nonstop, soul-destroying lies. Both Ephraim and Judah made deals with Assyria and tried to get an inside track with Egypt. God is bringing charges against Israel. Jacob’s children are hauled into court to be punished. In the womb, that heel, Jacob, got the best of his brother. When he grew up, he tried to get the best of God. But God would not be bested. God bested him. Brought to his knees, Jacob wept and prayed. God found him at Bethel. That’s where he spoke with him. God is God-of-the-Angel-Armies, God-Revealed, God-Known. (MSG)

They were yours, you gave them to me.

John 17:6-8 – “I [Christ Jesus] made your name known [Father] to the people you gave me out of the world. They were yours, you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you, because the words you gave me I have given to them, and they have received them. They have really come to know that I came from you, and they have come to trust that you sent me. (CJB)

The words you gave me I have given to them, and they have received them. They have kept your word.

Jacob tried to get the best of God. God bested him. So, what does the living and active, sharp two-edged sword of God cut, parch through drought, desolate, destroy, kill, and make waste?

This present darkness.

Eph 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (ESV)

Are we so preoccupied with ourselves, our personal situations, preserving our flesh and blood that we are unaware of how each of us impact the entire planet and all its occupants? Are we unconscious of the reality that is beyond our natural capabilities?

Why did Pharaoh refuse to humble himself before the Lord and set those whom he and his nation had enslaved and were oppressing? Do we realize the various ways each of us does that same thing to others? Why do you and I refuse to humble ourselves before the Lord? Why can we not receive and keep the words that the Father gave the Son and come to know and to trust?

Shut up together in disobedience.

Rom 11:32 – For God has shut up all mankind together in disobedience, in order that he might show mercy to all. (CJB)

Disobedience: obstinate and rebellious disbelief; unpersuadable, obstinately resisting authority; insubordinate.5

Is our refusal to humble ourselves before the Lord, denying and resisting his authority, due to our inability to know the One who is Spirit through our natural instincts and capabilities? Are these natural limitations the root of our disbelief, the disobedience that God has shut up all mankind together in?

Is there anything we can do about our disbelief and disobedient, insubordinate state except actively, persistently wait for God to show us his mercy, give us to the sword, his word – like a hammer and fire – that he sends to conquer and destroy our disbelief and disobedience?

Mercy: have compassion (pity on) by word or deed, specially by active divine grace.6

To give the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven.

Acts 5:30-32 – The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, the One you killed by hanging him on a cross.  God set him on high at his side, Prince and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven. And we are witnesses to these things. The Holy Spirit, whom God gives to those who obey him, corroborates every detail.” (MSG)

Being put to death in the flesh.

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

We humans hate to suffer. We hate to fail to get our own way. We will do most anything to avoid it, even refusing to humble ourselves before the Lord. Some of us seem to be willing to do whatever it takes to get in God’s good graces, to do what we believe to be God’s will, except to simply let Christ bring us to God, and there in his presence receive the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven. A new heart, a new Spirit, the mind of Christ through which we can obey just like Christ.

Christ also suffered,
Letting go of his will to have his own way.
Resisting the human urge to protect and preserve his flesh,
He humbly submitted to the authority of his Father’s will.
Being put to death in the flesh
But made alive in the spirit.

The flesh is where all humans are shut up together in disbelief and disobedience, tyrannized by our own will and fear of death. God’s mercy is actively experienced in being put to death in the flesh as we surrender our will and fear to God’s authority and discover that we’re being made alive in the spirit with Christ Jesus.

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.

But they forgot the Lord their God.

1 Sam 12:6-11 – And Samuel said to the people, “The Lord is witness, who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your fathers. When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them, then your fathers cried out to the Lord and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. But they forgot the Lord their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them. And they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’ And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety. (ESV)

A repeating pattern. Are you familiar with this pattern in your personal life and in your communal circles, church, city, nation, world? When have you and/or your community forgotten the Lord your God? Who/what were you serving instead? Who/what was your enemy? At what times in your life have you cried out to the Lord, confessing that you had forsaken him?

They [the nation and individuals] forgot the Lord their God, and served others, and ended up being overpowered by them. Then they cried out to the Lord, desiring the very thing that the Lord God desired for them, “Deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you. We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord.” And the Lord God delivered them out of the hand of their enemies, and they lived in safety.

It seems that we ourselves are always our own worst enemy, individually and collectively. Soul-destroying lies, addictions, obsessed with god-fantasies, chasing phantoms, and looking to human beings or other idols to give us aid and security, forgetting the Lord our God.

Forgot: to mislay, i.e. to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention.7
From want of attention. From not keeping one’s mind closely concentrated on the Lord God.

You were unmindful.

Deut 32:18 – You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth. (ESV)

Unmindful: failing to keep in memory.8
You forgot the God who gave you birth. You forgot all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you.

What is the remedy for unmindfulness and forgetfulness?
Stand still! Stand still that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you.

Have you discovered this powerful secret to being mindful of the God who gave you birth, in being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit? Stand still, forgetting everything you know except Jesus the Messiah and him crucified, that he, your priest-mediator, may plead with with you before our Father concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you.

The Lord God is moved to pity.

Judg 2:18-19 – Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. (ESV)

Whenever the judge died… they [the nation and individuals] turned back and were more corrupt.

The unclean spirit.

Luke 11:24-26 – “When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place.” (MSG)

Swept, dusted, but vacant. How desperately we need to be in continuous relationship with one who has godly discernment to judge and lead us in the path of life!

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Ps 81:10-13 – I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! (ESV)

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Listen! Listen to my voice.

That you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Eph 3:19 – and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (ESV)

Know the love of Christ. Filled with all the fullness of God. Never again vacant! Never again subject to corrupting spirits but given and receiving the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven.

How does the Lord God respond to our forgetfulness in addition to giving us to the sword?

I will spread my net upon him.

Lam 1:13-14 – “From on high he sent fire; into my bones he made it descend; he spread a net for my feet; he turned me back; he has left me stunned, faint all the day long. “My transgressions were bound into a yoke; by his hand they were fastened together; they were set upon my neck; he caused my strength to fail; the Lord gave me into the hands of those whom I cannot withstand. (ESV)

Why?

For his old nature to be destroyed.

1 Cor 5:5 – hand over such a person to the Adversary for his old nature to be destroyed, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord. (CJB)

I will plead with you face to face.

Ezek 20:35-38 – And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. (KJV)

The repeating pattern.
They forgot the Lord their God.
God sold them into the hand of their enemy.
Soul-destroying lies, addictions, obsessions, chasing phantoms, relying on human beings and other idols.
Destruction, waste, desolation, oppression,
In the hands of those whom they cannot withstand.
Corrupting spirits.

Then they cried out to the Lord.
The Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.
He saved them.
He sent a judge.
The judge that the Lord God sent to them died.
They turned back, going after other gods, as if they could not help themselves.

God brought them out into the wilderness and pleaded with them face to face.
“I will cause you to pass under the rod.”
The rod. To branch off; a stick for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking; a clan.9
“I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me.”
I will purge out. To clarify, brighten, examine, select, cleanse, purify.10

That you may see.

Eccl 3:18 – I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. (ESV)

God is testing you and me and all of us together
That we may see
That we ourselves
Are but beasts.

But under the judgment of the Lord God, how different our identity and our state of being, individually and collectively!

I will plead with you face to face.
I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.

Bond: to yoke or hitch; to fasten in any sense, to join battle.11

Covenant: in the sense of cutting; a compact because made by passing between pieces of flesh. To select; winnowing grain of any kind; cause to eat, manifest, to feed, give meat; to create.12

Pause. Breathe. Reflect on all the particulars of God’s judgment: I will plead with you face to face, that you may see. I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. To select. To winnow. To cause to eat. To show plainly. To give meat. To create. To yoke. To join battle. Your old nature to be destroyed and your spirit to be saved. Being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.

I will give my flesh for the life of the world.

John 6:51-56 – I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. (ESV)

Do you have life in you?

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
Abide: to stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy.13

Stay in relation with the priest-mediator-judge who lives forever! No longer vacant. No longer a resting place for corrupting spirits. Filled with all the fullness of God.

You shall know that I am the LORD.

Read the texts again. What thoughts and questions and emotions arise? Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

Is there a way to break the pattern of forgetting the Lord, the God who gave us birth?

I remember. I meditate. I ponder. I stretch out my hands.

Ps 143:5-6 – I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah [Pause. Breathe. Reflect.] (ESV)

My soul.
I’ve become aware of being more than my natural body, more than flesh and blood,
More than my thoughts, will, emotions, passions, and imagination.
More than just a separate individual.
More than just a beast.
My soul.
My soul thirsts for you, Lord God, like a parched land.

I remember the old days of unmindfulness, disobedience, affliction, and oppression.
I meditate on all that you have done, Lord God.
All the righteous deeds that you performed for us.
I ponder the work of your hands.
Pleading with us, pronouncing sentence for or against us, judging our needs,
Besting us, bringing us to our knees, finding us, speaking with us, revealing yourself to us.
I stretch out my hands to you.
My soul.
My soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
Selah. [Pause. Breathe. Reflect.]

In remembrance of me.

1 Cor 11:23-26 – For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (ESV)

Do this in remembrance of me.
Not just as a ritual.
Not just as a sentimental tradition.
Not just as an obligation of obedience.
Do this in remembrance of me.
I gave my flesh for the life of the world.
Proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit
To give us the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven.

Flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom of God.

1 Cor 15:50 – Let me say this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom of God, nor can something that decays share in what does not decay. (CJB)

Our focus gets fuzzy. We tend to think that God chooses obedient flesh over disobedient flesh, and we work hard to believe the right things and obey rules and do good works through our own efforts and logic, but that’s not God’s way.

It’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus.

Gal 3:1-6 – You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the Cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.

Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God. (MSG)

The Spirit can make life.

John 6:63 – The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. (MSG)

On the ground of his own mercy.

Titus 3:4-8 – But when the kindness and love for mankind of God our Deliverer was revealed, he delivered us. It was not on the ground of any righteous deeds we had done, but on the ground of his own mercy. He did it by means of the mikveh [washing/baptism] of rebirth and the renewal brought about by the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit], whom he poured out on us generously through Yeshua [Jesus] the Messiah, our Deliverer. He did it so that by his grace we might come to be considered righteous by God and become heirs, with the certain hope of eternal life. (CJB)

Are you receptive to the Lord God pleading with you as he gives you to the sword, the active and living Word of God, to make you know all the righteous deeds that the Lord God has performed for you? Will you respond to God’s Message to you, the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit working things in your life you could never do for yourself? Will you serve the God who gave you birth?

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.

The desire of our soul.

Isa 26:8-9 – In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. (ESV)

In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you.
We wait for you: to bind together (perhaps by twisting, i.e. collect; figuratively to expect. Look, patiently, tarry.14
Your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.

There is no more powerful or effective way to live than waiting for the Lord in the path of his judgments! This is the desire of our soul. Will you let go the desires of flesh so that soul may be satisfied?

Let’s not fear God’s judgment in the sense of being terrorized by it or seeking to avoid it. Let’s fear God’s judgment in the sense of being in awe of it and longing for it, waiting for him in the path of his judgments, for that’s where we discover the Spirit-word that gives life, makes Christ’s love known, and fills us with all the fullness of God.

So, stand still before the LORD that our Savior-mediator-priest-judge, Christ Jesus, may plead with you concerning all the righteous deeds of the LORD that he performed for you, individually and for all the world together!

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.

Inhale.
Exhale.

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 that you may serve him and only him.

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.

Isa 26:8 – In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. (ESV)

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

In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you;

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

Your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.

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)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Controversy: OT:7379 <START HEBREW>byr!<END HEBREW> riyb (reeb); or rib (reeb); from OT:7378; a contest (personal or legal): KJV –  adversary, cause, chiding, contend (-tion), controversy, multitude [from the margin], pleading, strife, strive (-ing), suit.

OT:7378 <START HEBREW>byr!<END HEBREW> riyb (reeb); or ruwb (roob); a primitive root; properly, to toss, i.e. grapple; mostly figuratively, to wrangle, i.e. hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend: KJV – adversary, chide, complain, contend, debate,  ever,  lay wait, plead, rebuke, strive,  thoroughly. (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.)

2Will plead: OT:8199 <START HEBREW>fp^v*<END HEBREW> shaphat (shaw-fat’); a primitive root; to judge, i.e. pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication, to vindicate or punish; by extension, to govern; passively, to litigate (literally or figuratively): KJV –  avenge,  that condemn, contend, defend, execute (judgment), (be a) judge (-ment),  needs, plead, reason, rule.(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.)

3Wicked: OT:7563 <START HEBREW>uv*r*<END HEBREW> rasha` (raw-shaw’); from OT:7561; morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person: KJV –  condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked (man), that did wrong.

OT:7561 <START HEBREW>uv^r*<END HEBREW> rasha` (raw-shah’); a primitive root; to be (causatively, do or declare) wrong; by implication, to disturb, violate: KJV – condemn, make trouble, vex, be (commit, deal, depart, do) wicked (-ly, -ness). (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.)

4Sword: OT:2719 <START HEBREW>br#j#<END HEBREW> chereb (kheh’-reb; from OT:2717; drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword, or other sharp implement: -axe, dagger, knife, mattock, sword, tool.

OT:2717 <START HEBREW>br^j*<END HEBREW> charab (khaw-rab’); or chareb (khaw-rabe’); a primitive root; to parch (through drought) i.e. (by analogy,) to desolate, destroy, kill: KJV – decay, (be) desolate, destroy (-er), (be) dry (up), slay,  surely, (lay, lie, make) 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.)

5Disobedience: NT:543 <START GREEK>a)pei/qeia<END GREEK> apeitheia (ap-i’-thi-ah); from NT:545; disbelief (obstinate and rebellious): KJV – disobedience, unbelief.

NT:545 <START GREEK>a)peiqh/$<END GREEK> apeithes (ap-i-thace’); from NT:1 (as a negative particle) and NT:3982; unpersuadable, i.e. contumacious: KJV – disobedient. (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.)

6Mercy: NT:1653 <START GREEK>e)lee/w<END GREEK> eleeo (el-eh-eh’-o); from NT:1656; to compassionate (by word or deed, specially, by divine grace): KJV – have compassion (pity on), have (obtain, receive, shew) mercy (on).

NT:1656 <START GREEK>e&leo$<END GREEK> eleos (el’-eh-os); of uncertain affinity; compassion (human or divine, especially active): KJV – (+tender) mercy. (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.)

7Forgot: OT:7911 <START HEBREW>jk^v*<END HEBREW> shakach (shaw-kakh’); or shakeach (shaw-kay’-akh); a primitive root; to mislay, i.e. to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention: KJV –  at all, (cause to) forget. (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.)

8Unmindful: OT:7876 <START HEBREW>hy*v*<END HEBREW> shayah (shaw-yaw’); a primitive root; to keep in memory: KJV – be unmindful. [Render Deut 32:18, “A Rock bore thee, thou must recollect; and (yet) thou hast forgotten,” etc.] (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.)

9Rod: OT:7626 <START HEBREW>fb#v@<END HEBREW> shebet (shay’-bet); from an unused root probably meaning to branch off; a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan: KJV –  correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe. (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.)

10I will purge out: OT:1305 <START HEBREW>rr^B* <END HEBREW> barar (baw-rar’); a primitive root; to clarify (i.e. brighten), examine, select: KJV – make bright, choice, chosen, cleanse (be clean), clearly, polished, (shewself) pure (-ify), purge (out). (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.)

11Bond: OT:631 <START HEBREW>rs^a*<END HEBREW> ‘acar (aw-sar’); a primitive root; to yoke or hitch; by analogy, to fasten in any sense, to join battle: KJV – bind, fast, gird, harness, hold, keep, make ready, order, prepare, prison (-er), put in bonds, set in array, tie. (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.)

12Covenant: OT:1285 <START HEBREW>tyr!B=<END HEBREW> beriyth (ber-eeth’); from OT:1262 (in the sense of cutting [like OT:1254]); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): -confederacy, [con-] feder [-ate], covenant, league.

OT:1262 <START HEBREW>hr*B*<END HEBREW> barah (baw-raw’); a primitive root; to select; also (as denominative from OT:1250) to feed; also (as equivalent to OT:1305) to render clear (Eccl 3:18): KJV – choose, (cause to) eat, manifest, (give) meat.

OT:1250 <START HEBREW>rB*<END HEBREW> bar (bawr); or bar (bar); from OT:1305 (in the sense of winnowing); grain of any kind (even while standing in the field); by extens. the open country: KJV – corn, wheat.

OT:1305 <START HEBREW>rr^B* <END HEBREW> barar (baw-rar’); a primitive root; to clarify (i.e. brighten), examine, select: KJV – make bright, choice, chosen, cleanse (be clean), clearly, polished, (shewself) pure (-ify), purge (out).

OT:1254 <START HEBREW>ar*B*<END HEBREW> bara’ (baw-raw’); a primitive root; (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes): -choose, create (creator), cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat). (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.)

13Abide: 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.)

14We wait for you: OT:6960 <START HEBREW>hw*q*<END HEBREW> qavah (kaw-vaw’); a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect: KJV – gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). (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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