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NAME OF GOD: Elohim Tsebaoth

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. He also included the scripture for each one. I am going to put every English translation from biblegateway.com. I don’t know what all of the abbreviations stand for. You can click the hyperlink abbreviation to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: God of Hosts

VERSE: Psalm 80:7

KJ21 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause Thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

Move us. If you do this we will be saved.

ASV Turn us again, O God of hosts; And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

AMP Restore us, O God of hosts; And cause Your face to shine on us [with favor and approval], and we will be saved.

Restore. Favor and approval.

AMPC Restore us again, O God of hosts; and cause Your face to shine [upon us with favor as of old], and we shall be saved!

BRG Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

CSB Restore us, God of Armies; make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved.

Hosts aka God of armies.

CEB Restore us, God of heavenly forces! Make your face shine so that we can be saved!

Heavenly forces.

CJB You make our neighbors fight over us, and our enemies mock us.

👀

CEV But if you smile on us, we will be saved.

Yes. So simple. So true.

DARBY Restore us, O God of hosts; and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

DRA He removed his back from the burdens: his hands had served in baskets.

👀

ERV God All-Powerful, accept us again. Smile down on us and save us!

All-Powerful. Accept us again.

EHV God of Armies, restore us, and make your face shine, so we will be saved.

ESV Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

ESVUK Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

EXB God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], ·take us back [restore us]. ·Show us your kindness [L Make your face shine on us; 31:16; 67:1; Num. 6:24–26] so we can ·be saved [have victory].

All of this.

GNV Turn us again, O God of hosts: cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.

GW O God, commander of armies, restore us and smile on us so that we may be saved.

Commander.

GNT Bring us back, Almighty God! Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!

Bring us back. Almighty God. Show us your mercy.

HCSB Restore us, God of Hosts; look on us with favor, and we will be saved.

ICB God of heaven’s armies, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.

Take us back.

ISV God of the Heavenly Armies, restore us and show your favor, so we may be delivered.

May be delivered.

JUB Turn us again, O God of the hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

KJV Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

AKJV Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

LEB O God of hosts, restore us and cause your face to shine that we may be saved.

TLB Turn us again to yourself, O God of Hosts. Look down on us in joy and love; only then shall we be saved.

Look down on us in joy and love.

MSG God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back! Smile your blessing smile: That will be our salvation.

Yep yep

MEV Restore us again, O God of Hosts, and cause Your face to shine, and we shall be delivered.

NOGElohim Tsebaoth, restore us and smile on us so that we may be saved.

NABRE You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors; our enemies deride us.

This seems like it should be the verse before…maybe some of these translations number the verses differently 🤷🏾‍♀️.

NASB God of armies, restore us And make Your face shine upon us, and we will be saved.

NASB1995 O God of hosts, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

NCV God All-Powerful, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.

NET O God of Heaven’s Armies, restore us. Smile on us. Then we will be delivered.

NIRV God who rules over all, make us new again. May you be pleased with us. Then we will be saved.

This!

NIV Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

NIVUK Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

NKJV Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!

NLV O God of all, bring us back to You. Make Your face shine upon us, and we will be saved.

NLT Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.

NRSV Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

NRSVA Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

NRSVACE Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

NRSVCE Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

OJB Turn us again, O Elohim Tzva’os, and cause Thy face to shine that we may be saved.

TPT Come back, come back, O God, and restore us! You are the Commander of Angel Armies. Let your beaming face shine upon us with the sunrise rays of glory, and then nothing will be able to stop us!

This toooooo!

RSV Restore us, O God of hosts; let thy face shine, that we may be saved!

RSVCE Restore us, O God of hosts; let thy face shine, that we may be saved!

TLV You make us a contention to our neighbors, and our enemies mock as they please.

VOICE O God, Commander of heaven’s armies, bring us back to You. Turn the light of Your face upon us so that we will be rescued from this sea of darkness.

Come on then! Goodness. 😊😍😭

WEB Turn us again, God of Armies. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved.

WYC God of virtues, turn thou us (again); and show thy face, and we shall be safe. (God of hosts, bring us back; and shine thy face upon us, and we shall be saved.)

I am undone with these verses today. Virties. Be safe. Good God! Loving God. Faithful God. Undeserving of Him!

YLT God of Hosts, turn us back, And cause Thy face to shine, and we are saved.

Isaiah 27-28 The Message MSG

Isaiah 27 

Selected Grain by Grain

I thought about the wheat and tare as soon as I saw this. Interested to see if there’s a tie an as I read. I’d wager a yes.

At that time God will unsheathe his sword,
    his merciless, massive, mighty sword.
He’ll punish the serpent Leviathan as it flees,
    the serpent Leviathan thrashing in flight.
He’ll kill that old dragon
    that lives in the sea.

2-5 “At that same time, a fine vineyard will appear.
    There’s something to sing about!
I, God, tend it.
    I keep it well-watered.
I keep careful watch over it
    so that no one can damage it.
I’m not angry. I care.
    Even if it gives me thistles and thornbushes,
I’ll just pull them out
    and burn them up.
Let that vine cling to me for safety,
    let it find a good and whole life with me,
    let it hold on for a good and whole life.”

Im not angry. I care.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH this is what I thought about: Matthew 13 (King James Version KJV).

Parable of the Wheat and the Tares;

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

The days are coming when Jacob
    shall put down roots,
Israel blossom and grow fresh branches,
    and fill the world with its fruit.

They will live independently again. Growth. Newness. New life.

7-11 Has God knocked them to the ground
    as he knocked down those who hit them? Oh, no.
Were they killed
    as their killers were killed? Again, no.
He was hard on them all right. The exile was a harsh sentence.
    He blew them away on a fierce blast of wind.
But the good news is that through this experience
    Jacob’s guilt was taken away.
    The evidence that his sin is removed will be this:
He will tear down the alien altars,
    take them apart stone by stone,
And then crush the stones into gravel
    and clean out all the sex-and-religion shrines.
For there’s nothing left of that pretentious grandeur.
    Nobody lives there anymore. It’s unlivable.
But animals do just fine,
    browsing and bedding down.
And it’s not a bad place to get firewood.
    Dry twigs and dead branches are plentiful.
It’s the remains of a people with no sense of God.
    So, the God who made them
Will have nothing to do with them.
    He who formed them will turn his back on them.

They had to learn a lesson. He mercifully loved and dealt with them as His beloved not as with those who were not in relationship, fellowship with Him. The Lord chastened those He loves (Hebrews 12:6). But it’s for their good (Romans 8:28)!

12-13 At that time God will thresh
    from the River Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt,
And you, people of Israel,
    will be selected grain by grain.
At that same time a great trumpet will be blown,
    calling home the exiles from Assyria,
Welcoming home the refugees from Egypt
    to come and worship God on the holy mountain, Jerusalem.

To select grain by grain sounds like a tedious and time consuming labor of love.

Isaiah 28 

God Will Speak in Baby Talk

This made me chuckle. Especially because people say you should talk to babies as if you are talking to adults or children and not in gibberish like babies do. I dunno if it is studies, but, kids who have spent a lot of time around adults, who talk to them or others normally, seem to have nice vocabularies and start talking sooner. I also thought about the whole milk and meat situation in 1 Corinthians 3:2 (King James Version (KJV)): I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

1-4 Doom to the pretentious drunks of Ephraim,
    shabby and washed out and seedy—
Tipsy, sloppy-fat, beer-bellied parodies
    of a proud and handsome past.
Watch closely: God has someone picked out,
    someone tough and strong to flatten them.
Like a hailstorm, like a hurricane, like a flash flood,
    one-handed he’ll throw them to the ground.
Samaria, the party hat on Israel’s head,
    will be knocked off with one blow.
It will disappear quicker than
    a piece of meat tossed to a dog.

5-6 At that time, God-of-the-Angel-Armies will be
    the beautiful crown on the head of what’s left of his people:
Energy and insights of justice to those who guide and decide,
    strength and prowess to those who guard and protect.

So poetic.

7-8 These also, the priest and prophet, stagger from drink,
    weaving, falling-down drunks,
Besotted with wine and whiskey,
    can’t see straight, can’t talk sense.
Every table is covered with vomit.
    They live in vomit.

I mean. Your are thr spiritual head with the ear of God and this is what you do? Sounds…nvm.

9-10 “Is that so? And who do you think you are to teach us?
    Who are you to lord it over us?
We’re not babies in diapers
    to be talked down to by such as you—
‘Da, da, da, da,
    blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl,
    that’s a good little boy.’”

Well.

11-12 But that’s exactly how you will be addressed.
    God will speak to this people
In baby talk, one syllable at a time—
    and he’ll do it through foreign oppressors.
He said before, “This is the time and place to rest,
    to give rest to the weary.
This is the place to lay down your burden.”
    But they won’t listen.

Well. Lol.

13 So God will start over with the simple basics
    and address them in baby talk, one syllable at a time—
“Da, da, da, da,
    blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl,
    that’s a good little boy.”
And like toddlers, they will get up and fall down,
    get bruised and confused and lost.

Sometimes you just have to go back and start over.

14-15 Now listen to God’s Message, you scoffers,
    you who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You say, “We’ve taken out good life insurance.
    We’ve hedged all our bets, covered all our bases.
No disaster can touch us. We’ve thought of everything.
    We’re advised by the experts. We’re set.”

The Meaning of the Stone

16-17 But the Master, God, has something to say to this:

“Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion,
    a solid granite foundation, squared and true.
And this is the meaning of the stone:
    a trusting life won’t topple.
I’ll make justice the measuring stick
    and righteousness the plumb line for the building.
A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies,
    and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.

Jesus? Is that you?

18-22 “Then you’ll see that your precious life insurance policy
    wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.
Your careful precautions against death
    were a pack of illusions and lies.
When the disaster happens,
    you’ll be crushed by it.
Every time disaster comes, you’ll be in on it—
    disaster in the morning, disaster at night.”
Every report of disaster
    will send you cowering in terror.
There will be no place where you can rest,
    nothing to hide under.
God will rise to full stature,
    raging as he did long ago on Mount Perazim
And in the valley of Gibeon against the Philistines.
    But this time it’s against you.
Hard to believe, but true.
    Not what you’d expect, but it’s coming.
Sober up, friends, and don’t scoff.
    Scoffing will just make it worse.
I’ve heard the orders issued for destruction, orders from
    God-of-the-Angel-Armies—ending up in an international disaster.

Whoa.

23-26 Listen to me now.
    Give me your closest attention.
Do farmers plow and plow and do nothing but plow?
    Or harrow and harrow and do nothing but harrow?
After they’ve prepared the ground, don’t they plant?
    Don’t they scatter dill and spread cumin,
Plant wheat and barley in the fields
    and raspberries along the borders?
They know exactly what to do and when to do it.
    Their God is their teacher.

Hmmm.

27-29 And at the harvest, the delicate herbs and spices,
    the dill and cumin, are treated delicately.
On the other hand, wheat is threshed and milled, but still not endlessly.
    The farmer knows how to treat each kind of grain.
He’s learned it all from God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
    who knows everything about when and how and where.

Listen. This proves a point I’ve made. God treats each of us how we should be treated. We can’t handle being related to the same exact way. He knew us and how we are. Same should go for relationships and parenting. But the people…nvm again.

Proverbs 12 (The Message MSG)

Soooo it is definitely not the 12th anymore. I had all of those posts in draft mode. I still have one sitting from the 10th that will appear at some point. I probably should have done this first. Eh. Here we are. I really did mean to do this yesterday am. But, I got distracted and busy. So here we are now.

If You Love Learning

1 If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it—
    how shortsighted to refuse correction!

A good person basks in the delight of God,
    and he wants nothing to do with devious schemers.

You can’t find firm footing in a swamp,
    but life rooted in God stands firm.

A hearty wife invigorates her husband,
    but a frigid woman is cancer in the bones.

The thinking of principled people makes for justice;
    the plots of degenerates corrupt.

The words of the wicked kill;
    the speech of the upright saves.

Wicked people fall to pieces—there’s nothing to them;
    the homes of good people hold together.

A person who talks sense is honored;
    airheads are held in contempt.

Lol. Airheads.

Better to be ordinary and work for a living
    than act important and starve in the process.

10 Good people are good to their animals;
    the “good-hearted” bad people kick and abuse them.

11 The one who stays on the job has food on the table;
    the witless chase whims and fancies.

12 What the wicked construct finally falls into ruin,
    while the roots of the righteous give life, and more life.

Wise People Take Advice

13 The gossip of bad people gets them in trouble;
    the conversation of good people keeps them out of it.

14 Well-spoken words bring satisfaction;
    well-done work has its own reward.

15 Fools are headstrong and do what they like;
    wise people take advice.

16 Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly;
    the prudent quietly shrug off insults.

Facts. But it is that even without my endorsement.

17 Truthful witness by a good person clears the air,
    but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit.

18 Rash language cuts and maims,
    but there is healing in the words of the wise.

19 Truth lasts;
    lies are here today, gone tomorrow.

20 Evil scheming distorts the schemer;
    peace-planning brings joy to the planner.

21 No evil can overwhelm a good person,
    but the wicked have their hands full of it.

22 God can’t stomach liars;
    he loves the company of those who keep their word.

Bruh. Me either. Same.

23 Prudent people don’t flaunt their knowledge;
    talkative fools broadcast their silliness.

24 The diligent find freedom in their work;
    the lazy are oppressed by work.

25 Worry weighs us down;
    a cheerful word picks us up.

26 A good person survives misfortune,
    but a wicked life invites disaster.

27 A lazy life is an empty life,
    but “early to rise” gets the job done.

I think I just got an answer to a problem.

28 Good men and women travel right into life;
    sin’s detours take you straight to hell.

Just like rhe last couple/few chapters, not much to add…

Mirrors

I remembered what I wanted to write!

I have been discombobulated for almost a week. I moved and nothing really has a place. Stuff is still packed. Stuff is in storage. Stuff is in my car.

Previously, this would pose no problem. I used to function in chaotic, junky rooms. I could tell you exactly where to find things. No real issue with a junky car either.

The thing is, my life and mind were chaotic. What was going on externally permeated internally and manifested externally.

I’ve been cleaning house. Making space and room for God and purpose. The more toxicity and junk I free from my mind and life the more order I need around myself. Ditto the million dollar word sentence above.

I’m proud of me and excited about where I’m headed. It’s only up from here. DJ Khaled right? Major key or nah? Lol.

Proverbs 9 (The Message MSG)

1-6 Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home;
    it’s supported by seven hewn timbers.
The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted,
    wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers.
Having dismissed her serving maids,
    Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place,
    and invites everyone within sound of her voice:
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
    Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread,
    roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
    Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”

Wisdom is pulling out all the stops to ensure she is seen, heard, related to, and accepted.

7-12 If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face;
    confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins.
So don’t waste your time on a scoffer;
    all you’ll get for your pains is abuse.
But if you correct those who care about life,
    that’s different—they’ll love you for it!
Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it;
    tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.
Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God,
    insight into life from knowing a Holy God.
It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens,
    and the years of your life ripen.
Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
    mock life and life will mock you.

Basically don’t waste time on people who are not receptive to what you have to say. Buuuuut you should make time for people who appreciate correction. Entertain wise, good people and they will be wise and profit. This is for me for sure considering what’s up in my life. Just like God to have this waiting on me.

The importance of fear of God wisdom is highlighted once again. As is insight. But it’s all derived from knowing God who is holy. In another way, yet, just as important and valuable, we are told that wisdom enhances our lives. If we live wisely we will have wisdom but we mock life it will mock us. Sounds a tad like reaping and sowing (Galatians 6:7).

13-18 Then there’s this other woman, Madame Whore—
    brazen, empty-headed, frivolous.
She sits on the front porch
    of her house on Main Street,
And as people walk by minding
    their own business, calls out,
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
    Steal off with me, I’ll show you a good time!
    No one will ever know—I’ll give you the time of your life.”
But they don’t know about all the skeletons in her closet,
    that all her guests end up in hell.

This here author is slick with it. Ain’t nothing else to say.

DON’T BE DISCOURAGED!!!!!!

I’m yelling cuz I mean that thang.

I’ve been heavier than others most of my life. It is what it is.

I’ve starved myself and been smaller for a while. Unsustainable.

I’ve done keto while working full time and going to law school part time. It was physician supervised and was team a lot. Unsustainable.

I’ve tried multiple things multiple times. What was it? Unsustainable.

I started working 4-midnight October 2019.

I don’t really mess with breakfast. When I worked during the day I would do lunch and dinner. For multiple, various reasons, I was only really eating once meal maybe twice between four and midnight. Sometimes I’d eat a snack after I got home.

I went to the doctor November 2019. I saw my weight. Not surprised. At some point during the pandemic, I went to urgent care and I’d lost weight.

I went to the doctor October 2020. I was already planning on discussing losing weight among other things. Color me surprised that I lost more weight.

I told her that I didn’t eat right cuz I didn’t do breakfast and keto was too much food for me. She pooh poohed at that. She told me about intermittent fasting.

I’m pretty sure a former coworker who lost a decent amount of weight told me about it too.

I told her, or figured out, that I was basically doing it anyway. While eating junk and fast food.

The actual reason around October for the weight loss was that I would stay up after work until 2, 4, 6 am and then sleep all day or not want to leave to get food.

I didn’t have groceries at the house on the regular. It’s an interesting thing buying food and cooking for one person. And I don’t like eating the same thing for a week. I could also just cook at work depending on what I wanted.

She told me to read a book on intermittent fasting and to drink at least a half gallon of water a day.

Things got rough. I wasn’t drinking enough of anything let alone water prior to that visit. I was retaining water. I was walking too. The scale was not moving down. I think it went up.

I went back and found out I was likely dehydrated. I went back to the doctor from 2019 in December. Found out I had lost 11 pounds in a year but only two since October.

I told people so what. I felt like it was a test to see if I would keep going. I said I would. And did.

Well the end of December hit. I was tired and not feeling well. The water and exercising went down a bit.

I went on vacation. I did get some exercise in. Water was still down

I moved nine hours away last week. Water and exercise down.

But guess what happened when I got on the scale this morning? Down 13 pounds from October.

It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It doesn’t matter how hard it is. It doesn’t matter that you’ve failed before.

KEEP GOING! DON’T BE DISCOURAGED!

Do It The Right Way

Soooooo the top picture is my mint plant from Walmart the day I got it. I like mint in my water. The package specifically said to get a pot with a tray. I couldn’t find one in Walmart or Dollar Tree. I did find the walrus named Winston. He came with his own dirt and mint seeds.

You can see what the caption for Snapchat said. SMH.

Between using the mint and likely death, the mint had to leave Winston. I attempted to be creative with the cups. I cut holes in the one on top and put water in the bottom one.

I remembered I had a self-watering pot from another plant that lost its life after five long years and several moves.

Ion know where I was originally going when I started writing this on 1-2.

The pot, well planter, still was not what the instructions said get. But, I went with it.

The thing was struggling. It was super wet when I took it out of its packaging and put it in Winston. It was decently wet when I moved it to the cups. I watered it when I moved it to the planter-not immediately I don’t think. Maybe I did since there was way more soil.

I attempted to prune it. I made sure it was in the sunlight. Gave it water occasionally. Well kinda often but not daily.

I ended up going out of town ans left them with my nature loving-she has actual degrees related to the outdoors and animals-coworker friend.

The plant got pruned and I was told I was giving it too much water so it was drowning. I asked if I needed to change the pot and soil. Chile I put leftover succulent soil from my dead other dead plant in it.

I was told no. I still felt like I should. So there we have the last picture. I rinsed the roots to put it in that soil. When I searched for ways to take care of my first plant, rocks in the bottom was suggested. I rinsed those too.

The thing is still struggling. It’s with my mom who had a mini forest in her room.

I said them above. I planted Winston’s mint in him. He was doing fine until I attempted to shift the soil so it would grow better since I didn’t plant the seeds right. He is struggling too.

Here’s the thing. I spent all this time, exerting all this effort, likely for naught unless my mom works a miracle. Impatient. Or some other thing. The stores I went to didn’t have what I needed.

I could have gone up the street and gotten exactly what I needed. I ended up doing that anyway. Who knows where my plant would be had I just done it the right way to begin with.

Who knows where we would be if we had just gone to God and done some things the right way to begin with.

How many wrong relationships, romantic and friend, have we exerted too much effort over?

How many tests and trials have dragged on or been repeated because we didn’t just take our time and do it the right way to begin with?

How much have we endured needlessly because we were impatient?

I suggest and submit for our consideration that we just do it the right way to begin with.

40 years in the wilderness for a trip that took days should be a lesson and something only the Israelites in Exodus endure. Not us.