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NAME OF GOD: Jehovah El Elyon

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: The LORD, the Most High God

Verse: Genesis 14:22

KJ21 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted up mine hand unto the Lord, the Most High God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

Lifted up mine hand.

ASV And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,

AMP But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand and sworn an oath to the Lord God Most High, the Creator and Possessor of heaven and earth,

Raised my hand and sworn an oath. Not just the possessor but the creator and possessor.

AMPC But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,

Maker.

BRG And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

CSB But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand in an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

CEB But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I promised the Lord, El Elyon, creator of heaven and earth,

Promised.

CJB But Avram answered the king of S’dom, “I have raised my hand in an oath to AdonaiEl ‘Elyon, maker of heaven and earth,

CEV Abram answered: The Lord God Most High made the heavens and the earth. And I have promised him

DARBY And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand to Jehovah, the Most High God, possessor of heavens and earth,

DRA And he answered him: I lift up my hand to the Lord God the most high, the possessor of heaven and earth,

ERV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I promise to the Lord, the God Most High, the one who made heaven and earth.

EHV Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted up my hand to swear to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

ESV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,

ESVUK But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,

EXB But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I ·make a promise [L lifted my hand; C a gesture of swearing] to the Lord, the God Most High, who made heaven and earth.

GNV And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto the Lord the most high God possessor of heaven and earth,

GWBut Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I now raise my hand and solemnly swear to the Lord God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,

Solemnly swear.

GNT Abram answered, “I solemnly swear before the Lord, the Most High God, Maker of heaven and earth,

HCSB But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand in an oath to Yahweh, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

An oath.

ICB But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I make a promise to the Lord. He is the God Most High, who made heaven and earth.

ISV But Abram answered the king of Sodom, “I have made an oath to the Lord God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

JUB And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of the heavens and of the earth,

KJV And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

AKJV And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

LEB And Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to Yahweh, God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth,

TLB But Abram replied, “I have solemnly promised Jehovah, the supreme God, Creator of heaven and earth,

Solemnly promised.

MSG But Abram told the king of Sodom, “I swear to God, The High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, this solemn oath, that I’ll take nothing from you, not so much as a thread or a shoestring. I’m not going to have you go around saying, ‘I made Abram rich.’ Nothing for me other than what the young men ate and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; they’re to get their share of the plunder.”

MEV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted up my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,

NOG But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I now raise my hand and solemnly swear to Yahweh El Elyon, maker of heaven and earth,

NABRE But Abram replied to the king of Sodom: “I have sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth,

NASB But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,

NASB1995 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,

NCV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I make a promise to the Lord, the God Most High, who made heaven and earth.

NET But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth, and vow

Vow.

NIRV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to make a promise to the Lord. He is the Most High God. He is the Creator of heaven and earth.

NIV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

NIVUK But Abram said to the king of Sodom, ‘With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

NKJV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,

NLV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have promised the Lord God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth,

NLT Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I solemnly swear to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

NRSV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord, God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,

NRSVA But Abram said to the king of Sodom, ‘I have sworn to the Lord, God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,

NRSVACE But Abram said to the king of Sodom, ‘I have sworn to the Lord, God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,

NRSVCE But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord, God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,

OJB And Avram said to the Melech Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto Hashem, El Elyon Creator of Shomayim v’Aretz,

RSV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,

RSVCE But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, maker of heaven and earth,

TLV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand in oath to AdonaiEl Elyon, Creator of heaven and earth.

Adonai.

VOICE Abram: I have pledged a solemn oath to the Eternal One—the Most High God, Creator of the heavens and earth.

Pledged. Eternal One.

WEB Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted up my hand to Yahweh, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,

Yahweh.

WYC And Abram answered to him, I raise [up] mine hand to the high Lord God, Lord of heaven and of earth, (But Abram answered to him, I raise up my hand, and swear to the Lord, the Most High God, the Maker of heaven and earth,)

YLT and Abram saith unto the king of Sodom, `I have lifted up my hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessing heaven and earth —

Jehovah.

NAME OF GOD: Jehovah Elohim

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: The LORD God

Verse: Genesis 2:4

KJ21 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

ASV These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.

AMP This is the history of [the origin of] the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day [that is, days of creation] that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

AMPC This is the history of the heavens and of the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

BRG These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

CSB These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. At the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

CEB This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day the Lord God made earth and sky—

CJB Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven,

CEV That’s how God created the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the heavens and the earth,

DARBY These are the histories of the heavens and the earth, when they were created, in the day that Jehovah Elohim made earth and heavens,

DRA These are the generations of the heaven and the earth, when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the heaven and the earth:

ERV This is the story about the creation of the sky and the earth. This is what happened when the Lord God made the earth and the sky.

EHV This is the account about the development of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens:

ESV These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

ESVUK These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

EXB This is the story [L These are the generations; C introduces a new section of the book; see also 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1, 9] of the creation of the ·sky [heavens] and the earth. When the ·Lord God [Yahweh Elohim; C Elohim is the common term for God; Lord (capital letters) represents the divine name YHWH, usually pronounced “Yahweh”; see Ex. 3:14–15] first made the earth and the ·sky [heavens],

GNV These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth, when they were created, in the day, that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

GW This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when the Lord God made earth and heaven.

GNT And that is how the universe was created. When the Lord God made the universe,

HCSB These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

ICB This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the sky,

ISV These are the records of the universe at its creation. On the day that the Lord God made the universe,

JUB These are the origins of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens

KJV These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

AKJV These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

LEB These are the generations of heaven and earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made earth and heaven—

TLB Here is a summary of the events in the creation of the heavens and earth when the Lord God made them.

MSG By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created..

MEV This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NOG This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when Yahweh Elohim made earth and heaven.

NABRE This is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

NASB This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

NASB1995 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

NCV This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the Lord God first made the earth and the sky,

NET This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created—when the Lord God made the earth and heavens.

NIRV Here is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were created. The Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NIV This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NIVUK This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NKJV This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NLV This is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were made, in the day the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NLT This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSV These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVA These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVACE These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVCE These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

OJB These are the toldot of HaShomayim and of Ha’Aretz when they were created, in the Yom that Hashem Elohim made Eretz v’Shomayim,

RSV These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

RSVCE These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

TLV These are the genealogical records of the heavens and the earth when they were created, at the time when Adonai Elohim made land and sky.

VOICE This is the detailed story of the Eternal God’s singular work in creating all that exists. On the day the heavens and earth were created,

😊

WEB This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made the earth and the heavens.

WYC These be the generations of heaven and of earth, in the day wherein the Lord God made heaven and earth, (These be the generations, or the creation, of the heavens and the earth, in the days when the Lord God made the heavens and the earth,)

YLT These [are] births of the heavens and of the earth in their being prepared, in the day of Jehovah God’s making earth and heavens;

😊

NAME OF GOD: El Shaddai

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: Almighty God

VERSE: Genesis 17:1-2

KJ21 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, “I am the Almighty God. Walk before Me, and be thou perfect. And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.”

Old. That’s what 99 says. Not really in those times though cuz ppl were living for hundreds of years. But, when one considers the entire story of Abram/Abraham. Crazy.

I’m struggling with patience and some promises right now. I don’t see it. It doesn’t make sense. I want to believe and trust God. But. The time it’s taking and magnitude of the miracle are so far beyond me.

That’s what God specializes in. Someone told me God dreams bugger dreams for us than we dream for ourselves. I feel like I heard someone say if you could do it you wouldn’t need God so stuff has to be big in order for Him to be God. I may have added and I don’t wanna attribute it to the wrong person.

Faith. It’s hard. It’s worth it though. God and I have a track record. There’s a whole Bible of track record. It can be hard to see the forest for the trees. It’s in these moments that we have to be careful.

We gotta take it to God and not ppl or our feelings. I told Him I wanted to quit. But I know I can’t. He’s gonna do it. He has to. After I said I wanted to quit, I reflected on who He is and who He has been. That was enough to get it back together.

We are human and will have moments of fear and doubt. But like Pastor YPJ preached, don’t let a moment mess you up. That’s the summary. Lol.

ASV And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

Ion know how he was supposed to be perfect….maybe this is a case of translation. There are plenty of words translated from the original language that don’t quite mean what they were translated into.

Back to A. He had yet to have a child at 99 and God is over there talmbout multiply exceedingly. Bruh. But. Like my auntie said recently. I wonder what A and God had been through before we are introduced to him that made him chuck the deuces and go without much more than the word go.

AMP When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me].
“I will establish My covenant (everlasting promise) between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly [through your descendants].”

Okay. Perfect makes more sense per this here translation.

AMPC When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete). And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.

Here too. And. Solemn pledge.

BRG And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

CSB When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless. I will set up my covenant between me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.”

CEB When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Walk with me and be trustworthy. I will make a covenant between us and I will give you many, many descendants.”

Be trustworthy. People talk about trusting God. But can God trust us??????

CJB When Avram was 99 years old Adonai appeared to Avram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai [God Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted. I will make my covenant between me and you, and I will increase your numbers greatly.”

Pure-hearted.

CEV Abram was ninety-nine years old when the Lord appeared to him again and said, “I am God All-Powerful. If you obey me and always do right,
I will keep my solemn promise to you and give you more descendants than can be counted.”

God All-Powerful.

DARBY And Abram was ninety-nine years old, when Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said to him, I [am] the Almighty God: walk before my face, and be perfect. And I will set my covenant between me and thee, and will very greatly multiply thee.

Walk before my face. To me that says know me. Looking someone in the face is one of the most important things you can do at times. People can show you their hand. Give you stuff. People can do stuff. People can say stuff. But if you look at their face while they are doing it, it can change everything. You can see their eyes. You can see the intention of their heart in their face. Unless they are a good liar with a great poker face. Hahahahahaha.

DRA And after he began to be ninety and nine years old, the Lord appeared to him: and said unto him: I am the Almighty God: walk before me, and be perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee: and I will multiply thee exceedingly.

ERV When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. He said, “I am God All-Powerful. Obey me and live the right way. If you do this, I will prepare an agreement between us. I will promise to make your people a great nation.”

👍🏾

EHV When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless. I will make my covenant between me and you, and I will make your descendants very numerous.”

Okay. So it says the Lord appeared. Most of us say this is the first time God had an encounter with A. But, like my auntie said, what took place before? It is hard to fathom that he would just leave. But hey. The appearance of God is so seemingly, indescribable at times in the Bible. He may have been in such awe that he was like aight. We out. Lol.

ESV When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”

ESVUK When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”

EXB When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am ·God Almighty [L El Shaddai]. ·Obey [L Walk before] me and ·do what is right [L be innocent/blameless; Job 1:1].
I will make an ·agreement [covenant; treaty; 6:18] between ·us [L me and you], and I will make you ·the ancestor of many people [L exceedingly numerous].”

GNV 5 Abram’s name is changed to confirm him in the promise. 8 The land of Canaan is the fifth time promised. 12 Circumcision instituted. 15 Sarai is named Sarah. 18 Abraham prayeth for Ishmael. 19 Isaac is promised. 23 Abraham and his house are circumcised. When Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am God all sufficient, walk before me, and be thou upright, And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and I will multiply thee exceedingly

All. Sufficient. Everything we need.

GW When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. He said to Abram, “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence with integrity. I will give you my promise, and I will give you very many descendants.”

GNT When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the Almighty God. Obey me and always do what is right. I will make my covenant with you and give you many descendants.”

HCSB When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in My presence and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.”

ICB When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. The Lord said, “I am God All-Powerful. Obey me and do what is right. I will make an agreement between us. I will make you the ancestor of many people.”

Not only is he the ancestor of the Jewish people, he is the ancestor of any believer who has faith and trusts in the promises of God. He dealt with the seemingly insurmountable and tests out of this world as it relates to faith and the promises of God. He kept on obeying. Trusting. Believing. Having faith. And God did ALL of what He said He would do.

ISV When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and announced, “I am God Almighty. Live in constant awareness that I’m always with you, and be blameless. I’ll establish my covenant between me and you, and I’ll greatly increase your numbers.”

Yo. Live in constant awareness that I’m always with you. Man.

JUB¶ And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly.

KJV And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

AKJV And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

LEB When Abram was ninety-nine years old Yahweh appeared to Abram. And he said to him, “I am El-Shaddai; walk before me and be blameless so that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you exceedingly.”

I thought it above and didn’t include it. But ima go ahead. Exceeding, abundantly above…Ephesians 3:20 King James Version

TLB When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God appeared to him and told him, “I am the Almighty; obey me and live as you should. I will prepare a contract between us, guaranteeing to make you into a mighty nation. In fact you shall be the father of not only one nation, but a multitude of nations!” Abram fell face downward in the dust as God talked with him.

Live as you should. A contract. Ha. See what I mean. The ppl can’t handle His presence. My mans fell face downward in the dust.

MSG When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God showed up and said to him, “I am The Strong God, live entirely before me, live to the hilt! I’ll make a covenant between us and I’ll give you a huge family.” When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God showed up and said to him, “I am The Strong God, live entirely before me, live to the hilt! I’ll make a covenant between us and I’ll give you a huge family.”

Strong God.

MEV When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am Almighty God. Walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between you and Me and will exceedingly multiply you.”

NOGWhen Abram was 99 years old, Yahweh appeared to him. He said to Abram, “I am El Shadday. Live in my presence with integrity. I will give you my promise, and I will give you very many descendants.”

NABRE When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said: I am God the Almighty. Walk in my presence and be blameless. Between you and me I will establish my covenant, and I will multiply you exceedingly.

NASB Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.
I will make My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.”

NASB1995 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.
“I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.”

NCV When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty. Obey me and do what is right. I will make an agreement between us, and I will make you the ancestor of many people.”

NET When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the Sovereign God. Walk before me and be blameless. Then I will confirm my covenant between me and you, and I will give you a multitude of descendants.”

Sovereign God.

NIRV When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. He said, “I am the Mighty God. Walk faithfully with me. Live in a way that pleases me. I will now act on my covenant between me and you. I will greatly increase the number of your children after you.”

Mighty God.

NIV When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Faithfully.

NIVUK When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’

NKJV When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

NLV When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him and said, “I am God All-powerful. Obey Me, and be without blame. And I will keep My agreement between Me and you. I will give you many children.”

A had to do something. God didn’t say Ima do this and nothing is required of you. People wanna do whatever and live however and expect God to answer their prayers. Or they give God credit for stuff He has nothing to do with. I know I’ve said this before. But it bears repeating. We CANNOT receive all that God has for us if we are not surrendered and submitted to Him, His will, and what He requires of us. Periodt. And that’s on Mary had a little lamb whose name was Jesus. 🤣😂😉🙃

NLT When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”

Guarantee.

NRSV When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’

NRSVA When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.
And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”

NRSVACE When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’

NRSVCE When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’

OJB And when Avram was ninety and nine shanah, Hashem appeared to Avram, and said unto him, I am El Shaddai; walk before Me, and be thou tamim (blameless). And I will confirm My brit (covenant) between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

RSV When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

RSVCE When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

TLV When Abram was 99 years old, Adonai appeared to Abram, and He said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Continually walk before Me and you will be blameless. My heart’s desire is to make My covenant between Me and you, and then I will multiply you exceedingly much.”

I like this difference. If A continually walks before God, he will be blameless. Um. My heart’s desire. Sheesh.

VOICE When Abram was 99 years old, the Eternal One appeared to him again, assuring him of the promise of a child yet to come.Eternal One: I am the God-All-Powerful. Walk before Me. Continue to trust and serve Me faithfully. Be blameless and true. If you are true and trust Me, then I will make certain the covenant with you that I promised. I will bless you with a throng of descendants.

Eternal One. God-All-Powerful. Continue to trust and serve Me faithfully. Make certain.

WEB When Abram was ninety-nine years old, Yahweh appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless. I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

WYC Forsooth after that Abram began to be of ninety years and nine, the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, I am Almighty God; go thou before me, and be thou perfect; (Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, I am Almighty God; go thou before me, and do thou what is right;) and I shall set my covenant of peace betwixt me and thee; and I shall multiply thee full greatly (and I shall greatly multiply thee).

Covenant of peace. Full greatly.

YLT And Abram is a son of ninety and nine years, and Jehovah appeareth unto Abram, and saith unto him, `I [am] God Almighty, walk habitually before Me, and be thou perfect; and I give My covenant between Me and thee, and multiply thee very exceedingly.’

NAME OF GOD: El Rai

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 Seest Me

VERSE: Genesis 16:13

This meaning though. Sheesh.

KJ21 And she called the name of the Lord who spoke unto her: “Thou God seest me.” For she said, “Have I also here looked upon Him that seeth me?”

Backstory. Hagar, the handmaid/slave of Sarah and mother of Sarah’s husband Abraham’s first son Ishmael, has run away.

Abraham and Sarah were old but God promised them a son. Sarah got impatient and told Abraham to lay with Hagar. After Hagar got pregnant she despised Sarah. Sarah saw this and treated her poorly.

So. Hagar ran away. Once she reached her destination she had a convo with God who made her some promises and told her to go back ro Abraham and Sarah.

This verse is her response after that convo and directive.

I cannot imagine this. Being enslaved. Being forced to have a child with someone else’s husband. It would definitely make me feel unseen. Shoot. For the most part I feel unseen presently and have most of my life.

The GREATEST thing is this though. The most important…I can’t even find a word to capture, describe, or encapsulate succinctly, briefly, or accurately, who and what God is. But He. The most important of all. Sees. Me. That’s the thing that really matters. I’m not alone.

ASV And she called the name of Jehovah that spake unto her, Thou art a God that seeth: for she said, Have I even here looked after him that seeth me?

AMP Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are God Who Sees”; for she said, “Have I not even here [in the wilderness] remained alive after seeing Him [who sees me with understanding and compassion]?”

Yo. I can’t even get into it. It says enough and all all by itself. Will. Der. Ness.

AMPC So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? Or have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me?

Future purposes or designs. His promise to her.

BRG And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

CSB So she named the Lord who spoke to her: “You are El-roi,” for she said, “In this place, have I actually seen the one who sees me?”

That last sentence.

CEB Hagar named the Lord who spoke to her, “You are El Roi” because she said, “Can I still see after he saw me?”

Yo. Can I still see after he saw me. Yo. Reminds me of how Moses wanted to see God and God said he couldn’t handle it. He sent Moses to a cliff in a mountain. He only showed Moses His back parts. But. Just from that, Moses was forever changed. Even physically. His hair turned white. He had a permanent, physical, visual reminder of His time with God. Hagar’s experience took place first but is evidenced later with Moses (Exodus 33).

CJB So she named Adonai who had spoken with her El Ro’i [God of seeing], because she said, “Have I really seen the One who sees me [and stayed alive]?”

CEV Hagar thought, “Have I really seen God and lived to tell about it?” So from then on she called him, “The God Who Sees Me.”

Lived to tell about it.

DARBY And she called the name of Jehovah who spoke to her, Thou art the God who reveals himself, for she said, Also here have I seen after he has revealed himself.

Reveals himself.

DRA And she called the name of the Lord that spoke unto her: Thou the God who hast seen me. For she said: Verily here have I seen the hinder parts of him that seeth me.

Ha. Hinder parts. I be knowin. Lol.

ERV The Lord talked to Hagar. She began to use a new name for God. She said to him, “You are ‘God Who Sees Me.’” She said this because she thought, “I see that even in this place God sees me and cares for me!”

And cares for me.

EHV She called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees,” for she said, “Here have I really seen him who sees me?”

ESV So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”

I missed it above I think. But. Seeing. Not just once. Continual.

ESVUK So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing”, for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”

Him who looks after me.

EXB The slave girl gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are ‘·God who sees me [or God of seeing; Hebrew El-Roi]’ ” because she said to herself, “Have I really seen God who sees me?”

Didn’t even use her name in the translation. Man.

GNV Then she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God lookest on me: for she said, Have I not also here looked after him that seeth me?

GW Hagar named the Lord, who had been speaking to her, “You Are the God Who Watches Over Me.” She said, “This is the place where I watched ⌞the one⌟ who watches over me.”

Watches over me.

GNT Hagar asked herself, “Have I really seen God and lived to tell about it?” So she called the Lord, who had spoken to her, “A God Who Sees.”

HCSB So she called the Lord who spoke to her: The God Who Sees, for she said, “In this place, have I actually seen the One who sees me?”

ICB The slave girl gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her. She said to him, “You are ‘God who sees me.’” This is because she said to herself, “Have I really seen God who sees me?”

ISV So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are ‘God who sees,’ because I have truly seen the one who looks after me.”

JUB And she called the name of the LORD that spoke unto her, Thou God that is seen: for she said, Have I not also here seen the back of him that sees me?

God that is seen. Not just who sees us but who is seen by us.

KJV And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

AKJV And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

LEB So she called the name of Yahweh who spoke to her, “You are El-Roi,” for she said, “Here I have seen after he who sees me.”

TLB Thereafter Hagar spoke of Jehovah—for it was he who appeared to her—as “the God who looked upon me,” for she thought, “I saw God and lived to tell it.”

MSG She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, “You’re the God who sees me! “Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him!”

Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him! That’s the way it goes. And I’m grateful.

MEV Then she called the name of the Lord that spoke to her, “You are the God who sees,” for she said, “Have I now looked on Him who sees me?”

NOG Hagar named Yahweh, who had been speaking to her, “You Are El Roi.” She said, “This is the place where I watched the one who watches over me.”

NABRE To the Lord who spoke to her she gave a name, saying, “You are God who sees me”; she meant, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after he saw me?”

NASB Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees me”; for she said, “Have I even seen Him here and lived after He saw me?”

NASB1995 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?”

NCV The slave girl gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are ‘God who sees me,’” because she said to herself, “Have I really seen God who sees me?”

NET So Hagar named the Lord who spoke to her, “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “Here I have seen one who sees me!”

NIRV She gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her. She called him “You are the God who sees me.” That’s because she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

NIV She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

NIVUK She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’

NKJV Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?”

NLV So Hagar gave this name to the Lord Who spoke to her, “You are a God Who sees.” For she said, “Have I even stayed alive here after seeing Him?”

NLT Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?”

The One. To be in her situation. The one. The only person who saw Hagar. Not property. Not a vessel to do whatever with, to, for. But Hagar. I see why there is awe and amazement in her words.

NRSV So she named the Lord who spoke to her, “You are El-roi”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”

NRSVA So she named the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are El-roi’; for she said, ‘Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?’

NRSVACE So she named the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are El-roi’; for she said, ‘Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?’

NRSVCE So she named the Lord who spoke to her, “You are El-roi”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”

OJB And she called the Shem of Hashem Who spoke unto her, El Roi (G-d Who Sees); for she said, Have I also here seen after Him that seeth me?

RSV So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “Thou art a God of seeing”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”

RSVCE So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “Thou art a God of seeing”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”

TLV So she called Adonai who was speaking to her, “You are the God who sees me.” For she said, “Would I have gone here indeed looking for Him who looks after me?”

Sheesh. The last sentence.

VOICE As a result of this encounter, Hagar decided to give the Eternal One who had spoken to her a special name because He had seen her in her miseryHagar: I’m going to call You the God of Seeing because in this place I have seen the One who watches over me.

Encounter. Eternal One. Special name. Seen her in her misery.

WEB She called the name of Yahweh who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees,” for she said, “Have I even stayed alive after seeing him?”

WYC Forsooth Hagar called the name of the Lord that spake to her, Thou God that sawest me; for she said, Forsooth here I saw the hinder things of him that saw me. (And Hagar called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, Thou God who sawest me; for she said, Here I saw him who saw me, and I still lived.)

😊

YLT And she calleth the name of Jehovah who is speaking unto her, `Thou [art], O God, my beholder;’ for she said, `Even here have I looked behind my beholder?’

Beholder.

Isaiah 46-48 The Message MSG

My words will be italicized wherever they appear. Should the Bible be italicized near my words, I’ll do something to differentiate them.

Isaiah 46 

This Is Serious Business, Rebels

1-2 The god Bel falls down, god Nebo slumps.
    The no-god hunks of wood are loaded on mules
And have to be hauled off,
    wearing out the poor mules—
Dead weight, burdens who can’t bear burdens,
    hauled off to captivity.

The honest shade of it all.

3-4 “Listen to me, family of Jacob,
    everyone that’s left of the family of Israel.
I’ve been carrying you on my back
    from the day you were born,
And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.
    I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray.
I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,
    carrying you on my back, saving you.

Footprints.

5-7 “So to whom will you compare me, the Incomparable?
    Can you picture me without reducing me?
People with a lot of money
    hire craftsmen to make them gods.
The artisan delivers the god,
    and they kneel and worship it!
They carry it around in holy parades,
    then take it home and put it on a shelf.
And there it sits, day in and day out,
    a dependable god, always right where you put it.
Say anything you want to it, it never talks back.
    Of course, it never does anything either!

He is big mad. Offended. And rightfully so….

8-11 “Think about this. Wrap your minds around it.
    This is serious business, rebels. Take it to heart.
Remember your history,
    your long and rich history.
I am God, the only God you’ve had or ever will have—
    incomparable, irreplaceable—
From the very beginning
    telling you what the ending will be,
All along letting you in
    on what is going to happen,
Assuring you, ‘I’m in this for the long haul,
    I’ll do exactly what I set out to do,’
Calling that eagle, Cyrus, out of the east,
    from a far country the man I chose to help me.
I’ve said it, and I’ll most certainly do it.
    I’ve planned it, so it’s as good as done.

Tell the people.

12-13 “Now listen to me:
    You’re a hardheaded bunch and hard to help.
I’m ready to help you right now.
    Deliverance is not a long-range plan.
    Salvation isn’t on hold.
I’m putting salvation to work in Zion now,
    and glory in Israel.”

Let them know.

Isaiah 47 

The Party’s Over

1-3 “Get off your high horse and sit in the dirt,
    virgin daughter of Babylon.
No more throne for you—sit on the ground,
    daughter of the Chaldeans.
Nobody will be calling you ‘charming’
    and ‘alluring’ anymore. Get used to it.
Get a job, any old job:
    Clean gutters, scrub toilets.
Pawn your gowns and scarves,
    put on your working pants—the party’s over.
Your nude body will be on public display,
    exposed to vulgar taunts.
It’s vengeance time, and I’m taking vengeance.
    No one gets let off the hook.”

They got away with it long enough for His liking. They did what He allowed and their time was up.

You’re Acting Like the Center of the Universe

4-13 Our Redeemer speaks,
    named God-of-the-Angel-Armies, The Holy of Israel:
“Shut up and get out of the way,
    daughter of Chaldeans.
You’ll no longer be called
    ‘First Lady of the Kingdoms.’
I was fed up with my people,
    thoroughly disgusted with my progeny.
I turned them over to you,
    but you had no compassion.
You put old men and women
    to cruel, hard labor.
You said, ‘I’m the First Lady.
    I’ll always be the pampered darling.’
You took nothing seriously, took nothing to heart,
    never gave tomorrow a thought.
Well, start thinking, party girl.
    You’re acting like the center of the universe,
Smugly saying to yourself, ‘I’m Number One. There’s nobody but me.
    I’ll never be a widow, I’ll never lose my children.’
Those two things are going to hit you both at once,
    suddenly, on the same day:
Spouse and children gone, a total loss,
    despite your many enchantments and charms.
You were so confident and comfortable in your evil life,
    saying, ‘No one sees me.’
You thought you knew so much, had everything figured out.
    What delusion!
    Smugly telling yourself, ‘I’m Number One. There’s nobody but me.’
Ruin descends—
    you can’t charm it away.
Disaster strikes—
    you can’t cast it off with spells.
Catastrophe, sudden and total—
    and you’re totally at sea, totally bewildered!
But don’t give up. From your great repertoire
    of enchantments there must be one you haven’t yet tried.
You’ve been at this a long time.
    Surely something will work.
I know you’re exhausted trying out remedies,
    but don’t give up.
Call in the astrologers and stargazers.
    They’re good at this. Surely they can work up something!

See what I mean? What I didn’t say above was that He wanted to teach Israel a lesson and used other nations to do it. And boy did they. But Israel never seemed to learn…America…

14-15 “Fat chance. You’d be grasping at straws
    that are already in the fire,
A fire that is even now raging.
    Your ‘experts’ are in it and won’t get out.
It’s not a fire for cooking venison stew,
    not a fire to warm you on a winter night!
That’s the fate of your friends in sorcery, your magician cronies
    you’ve been colluding with all your life.
They reel, confused, bumping into one another.
    None of them bother to help you.”

Eeeeeeek.

Isaiah 48 

Tested in the Furnace of Affliction

1-11 “And now listen to this, family of Jacob,
    you who are called by the name Israel:
Who got you started in the loins of Judah,
    you who use God’s name to back up your promises
    and pray to the God of Israel?
But do you mean it?
    Do you live like it?
You claim to be citizens of the Holy City;
    you act as though you lean on the God of Israel,
    named God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
For a long time now, I’ve let you in on the way I work:
    I told you what I was going to do beforehand,
    then I did it and it was done, and that’s that.
I know you’re a bunch of hardheads,
    obstinate and flint-faced,
So I got a running start and began telling you
    what was going on before it even happened.
That is why you can’t say,
    ‘My god-idol did this.’
    ‘My favorite god-carving commanded this.’
You have all this evidence
    confirmed by your own eyes and ears.
    Shouldn’t you be talking about it?
And that was just the beginning.
    I have a lot more to tell you,
    things you never knew existed.
This isn’t a variation on the same old thing.
    This is new, brand-new,
    something you’d never guess or dream up.
When you hear this you won’t be able to say,
    ‘I knew that all along.’
You’ve never been good listeners to me.
    You have a history of ignoring me,
A sorry track record of fickle attachments—
    rebels from the womb.
But out of the sheer goodness of my heart,
    because of who I am,
I keep a tight rein on my anger and hold my temper.
    I don’t wash my hands of you.
Do you see what I’ve done?
    I’ve refined you, but not without fire.
    I’ve tested you like silver in the furnace of affliction.
Out of myself, simply because of who I am, I do what I do.
    I have my reputation to keep up.
    I’m not playing second fiddle to either gods or people.

1. See. They didn’t learn. 2. Second fiddle. Goodness. He said it forever ago to them though. No other gods. 10 commandments.

12-13 “Listen, Jacob. Listen, Israel—
    I’m the One who named you!
I’m the One.
    I got things started and, yes, I’ll wrap them up.
Earth is my work, handmade.
    And the skies—I made them, too, horizon to horizon.
When I speak, they’re on their feet, at attention.

I’m that guy. Lest you continue to forget.

14-16 “Come everybody, gather around, listen:
    Who among the gods has delivered the news?
I, God, love this man Cyrus, and I’m using him
    to do what I want with Babylon.
I, yes I, have spoken. I’ve called him.
    I’ve brought him here. He’ll be successful.
Come close, listen carefully:
    I’ve never kept secrets from you.
    I’ve always been present with you.”

I’ve always been present with you. In the wilderness. In the Promised Land. In captivity. Always with you.

Your Progeny, Like Grains of Sand

16-19 And now, the Master, God, sends me and his Spirit
    with this Message from God
    your Redeemer, The Holy of Israel:
“I am God, your God,
    who teaches you how to live right and well.
    I show you what to do, where to go.
If you had listened all along to what I told you,
    your life would have flowed full like a river,
    blessings rolling in like waves from the sea.
Children and grandchildren are like sand,
    your progeny like grains of sand.
There would be no end of them,
    no danger of losing touch with me.”

Promise to Abraham…sand…Genesis 22:17

20 Get out of Babylon! Run from the Babylonians!
    Shout the news. Broadcast it.
Let the world know, the whole world.
    Tell them, “God redeemed his dear servant Jacob!”

😊

21 They weren’t thirsty when he led them through the deserts.
    He made water pour out of the rock;
    he split the rock and the water gushed.

Miraculous.

22 “There is no peace,” says God, “for the wicked.”

Tuh.

Isaiah 44-45 The Message MSG

My words will be italicized wherever they appear. Should the Bible be italicized near my words, I’ll do something to differentiate them.

Isaiah 44 

Proud to Be Called Israel

1-5 “But for now, dear servant Jacob, listen—
    yes, you, Israel, my personal choice.
God who made you has something to say to you;
    the God who formed you in the womb wants to help you.
Don’t be afraid, dear servant Jacob,
    Jeshurun, the one I chose.
For I will pour water on the thirsty ground
    and send streams coursing through the parched earth.
I will pour my Spirit into your descendants
    and my blessing on your children.
They shall sprout like grass on the prairie,
    like willows alongside creeks.
This one will say, ‘I am God’s,’
    and another will go by the name Jacob;
That one will write on his hand ‘God’s property’—
    and be proud to be called Israel.”

Personal choice. He is reminding them of the promise he made Abraham in Genesis 12:2 and repeated throughout Genesis. He is also giving them hope once again despite what os coming to them. This sounds like a prophesy of the Holy Ghost, the comforter talked about in the gospels, and Acts. Especially Acts 2.

6-8 God, King of Israel,
    your Redeemer, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, says:
“I’m first, I’m last, and everything in between.
    I’m the only God there is.
Who compares with me?
    Speak up. See if you measure up.
From the beginning, who else has always announced what’s coming?
    So what is coming next? Anybody want to venture a try?
Don’t be afraid, and don’t worry:
    Haven’t I always kept you informed, told you what was going on?
You’re my eyewitnesses:
    Have you ever come across a God, a real God, other than me?
    There’s no Rock like me that I know of.”

Flex on em then. Lol.

Lover of Emptiness

9-11 All those who make no-god idols don’t amount to a thing, and what they work so hard at making is nothing. Their little puppet-gods see nothing and know nothing—they’re total embarrassments! Who would bother making gods that can’t do anything, that can’t “god”? Watch all the no-god worshipers hide their faces in shame. Watch the no-god makers slink off humiliated when their idols fail them. Get them out here in the open. Make them face God-reality.

That can’t “god”. Ha.

12 The blacksmith makes his no-god, works it over in his forge, hammering it on his anvil—such hard work! He works away, fatigued with hunger and thirst.

13-17 The woodworker draws up plans for his no-god, traces it on a block of wood. He shapes it with chisels and planes into human shape—a beautiful woman, a handsome man, ready to be placed in a chapel. He first cuts down a cedar, or maybe picks out a pine or oak, and lets it grow strong in the forest, nourished by the rain. Then it can serve a double purpose: Part he uses as firewood for keeping warm and baking bread; from the other part he makes a god that he worships—carves it into a god shape and prays before it. With half he makes a fire to warm himself and barbecue his supper. He eats his fill and sits back satisfied with his stomach full and his feet warmed by the fire: “Ah, this is the life.” And he still has half left for a god, made to his personal design—a handy, convenient no-god to worship whenever so inclined. Whenever the need strikes him he prays to it, “Save me. You’re my god.”

I laughed.

18-19 Pretty stupid, wouldn’t you say? Don’t they have eyes in their heads? Are their brains working at all? Doesn’t it occur to them to say, “Half of this tree I used for firewood: I baked bread, roasted meat, and enjoyed a good meal. And now I’ve used the rest to make a repulsive no-god. Here I am praying to a stick of wood!”

Well.

20 This lover of emptiness, of nothing, is so out of touch with reality, so far gone, that he can’t even look at what he’s doing, can’t even look at the no-god stick of wood in his hand and say, “This is crazy.”

I mean. Such are some of us…and we actually think it’s God we are serving and worshipping. We have created a God who isn’t even the God of the Bible.

21-22 “Remember these things, O Jacob.
    Take it seriously, Israel, that you’re my servant.
I made you, shaped you: You’re my servant.
    O Israel, I’ll never forget you.
I’ve wiped the slate of all your wrongdoings.
    There’s nothing left of your sins.
Come back to me, come back.
    I’ve redeemed you.”

Yes!

23 High heavens, sing!
    God has done it.
Deep earth, shout!
    And you mountains, sing!
    A forest choir of oaks and pines and cedars!
God has redeemed Jacob.
    God’s glory is on display in Israel.

😊

24 God, your Redeemer,
    who shaped your life in your mother’s womb, says:
“I am God. I made all that is.
    With no help from you I spread out the skies
    and laid out the earth.”

25-28 He makes the magicians look ridiculous
    and turns fortunetellers into jokes.
He makes the experts look trivial
    and their latest knowledge look silly.
But he backs the word of his servant
    and confirms the counsel of his messengers.
He says to Jerusalem, “Be inhabited,”
    and to the cities of Judah, “Be rebuilt,”
    and to the ruins, “I raise you up.”
He says to Ocean, “Dry up.
    I’m drying up your rivers.”
He says to Cyrus, “My shepherd—
    everything I want, you’ll do it.”
He says to Jerusalem, “Be built,”
    and to the Temple, “Be established.”

So good.

Isaiah 45

The God Who Forms Light and Darkness

1-7 God’s Message to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whom he took by the hand
To give the task of taming the nations,
    of terrifying their kings—
He gave him free rein,
    no restrictions:
“I’ll go ahead of you,
    clearing and paving the road.
I’ll break down bronze city gates,
    smash padlocks, kick down barred entrances.
I’ll lead you to buried treasures,
    secret caches of valuables—
Confirmations that it is, in fact, I, God,
    the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
It’s because of my dear servant Jacob,
    Israel my chosen,
That I’ve singled you out, called you by name,
    and given you this privileged work.
    And you don’t even know me!
I am God, the only God there is.
    Besides me there are no real gods.
I’m the one who armed you for this work,
    though you don’t even know me,
So that everyone, from east to west, will know
    that I have no god-rivals.
    I am God, the only God there is.
I form light and create darkness,
    I make harmonies and create discords.
    I, God, do all these things.

The grace, mercy, and love of it all.

8-10 “Open up, heavens, and rain.
    Clouds, pour out buckets of my goodness!
Loosen up, earth, and bloom salvation;
    sprout right living.
    I, God, generate all this.
But doom to you who fight your Maker—
    you’re a pot at odds with the potter!
Does clay talk back to the potter:
    ‘What are you doing? What clumsy fingers!’
Would a sperm say to a father,
    ‘Who gave you permission to use me to make a baby?’
Or a fetus to a mother,
    ‘Why have you cooped me up in this belly?’”

Hahahahaha. The last six lines.

11-13 Thus God, The Holy of Israel, Israel’s Maker, says:
    “Do you question who or what I’m making?
    Are you telling me what I can or cannot do?
I made earth,
    and I created man and woman to live on it.
I handcrafted the skies
    and direct all the constellations in their turnings.
And now I’ve got Cyrus on the move.
    I’ve rolled out the red carpet before him.
He will build my city.
    He will bring home my exiles.
I didn’t hire him to do this. I told him.
    I, God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

This guy. Lol.

14 God says:

“The workers of Egypt, the merchants of Ethiopia,
    and those statuesque Sabeans
Will all come over to you—all yours.
    Docile in chains, they’ll follow you,
Hands folded in reverence, praying before you:
    ‘Amazing! God is with you!
    There is no other God—none.’”

None.

Look at the Evidence

15-17 Clearly, you are a God who works behind the scenes,
    God of Israel, Savior God.
Humiliated, all those others
    will be ashamed to show their faces in public.
Out of work and at loose ends, the makers of no-god idols
    won’t know what to do with themselves.
The people of Israel, though, are saved by you, God,
    saved with an eternal salvation.
They won’t be ashamed,
    they won’t be at loose ends, ever.

18-24 God, Creator of the heavens—
    he is, remember, God.
Maker of earth—
    he put it on its foundations, built it from scratch.
He didn’t go to all that trouble
    to just leave it empty, nothing in it.
    He made it to be lived in.

This God says:

“I am God,
    the one and only.
I don’t just talk to myself
    or mumble under my breath.
I never told Jacob,
    ‘Seek me in emptiness, in dark nothingness.’
I am God. I work out in the open,
    saying what’s right, setting things right.
So gather around, come on in,
    all you refugees and castoffs.
They don’t seem to know much, do they—
    those who carry around their no-god blocks of wood,
    praying for help to a dead stick?
So tell me what you think. Look at the evidence.
    Put your heads together. Make your case.
Who told you, and a long time ago, what’s going on here?
    Who made sense of things for you?
Wasn’t I the one? God?
    It had to be me. I’m the only God there is—
The only God who does things right
    and knows how to help.
So turn to me and be helped—saved!—
    everyone, whoever and wherever you are.
I am God,
    the only God there is, the one and only.
I promise in my own name:
    Every word out of my mouth does what it says.
    I never take back what I say.
Everyone is going to end up kneeling before me.
    Everyone is going to end up saying of me,
    ‘Yes! Salvation and strength are in God!’”

24-25 All who have raged against him
    will be brought before him,
    disgraced by their unbelief.
And all who are connected with Israel
    will have a robust, praising, good life in God!

1. Him and this dead stick. 2. He has ro remind them. They don’t get it. They should have been ashamed. All He did. We ought to be ashamed…

Isaiah 23-24 The Message MSG

My words will be italicized wherever they appear. Should the Bible be italicized near my words, I’ll do something to differentiate them.

Isaiah 23

It Was All Numbers, Dead Numbers, Profit and Loss

1-4 Wail, ships of Tarshish,
    your strong seaports all in ruins!
When the ships returned from Cyprus,
    they saw the destruction.
Hold your tongue, you who live on the seacoast,
    merchants of Sidon.
Your people sailed the deep seas,
    buying and selling,
Making money on wheat from Shihor,
    grown along the Nile—
    multinational broker in grains!
Hang your head in shame, Sidon. The Sea speaks up,
    the powerhouse of the ocean says,
“I’ve never had labor pains, never had a baby,
    never reared children to adulthood,
Never gave life, never worked with life.
    It was all numbers, dead numbers, profit and loss.”

When Egypt gets the report on Tyre,
    what wailing! what wringing of hands!

Here we go. No games.

Nothing Left Here to Be Proud Of

6-12 Visit Tarshish, you who live on the seacoast.
    Take a good, long look and wail—yes, cry buckets of tears!
Is this the city you remember as energetic and alive,
    bustling with activity, this historic old city,
Expanding throughout the globe,
    buying and selling all over the world?
And who is behind the collapse of Tyre,
    the Tyre that controlled the world markets?
Tyre’s merchants were the business tycoons.
    Tyre’s traders called all the shots.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies ordered the crash
    to show the sordid backside of pride
    and puncture the inflated reputations.
Sail for home, O ships of Tarshish.
    There are no docks left in this harbor.
God reached out to the sea and sea traders,
    threw the sea kingdoms into turmoil.
God ordered the destruction
    of the seacoast cities, the centers of commerce.
God said, “There’s nothing left here to be proud of,
    bankrupt and bereft Sidon.
Do you want to make a new start in Cyprus?
    Don’t count on it. Nothing there will work out for you either.”

Tarshish made me think of Paul formerly known as Saul (Acts 9:11). But it is also where Jonah fled to (Jonah 1:3) …

13 Look at what happened to Babylon: There’s nothing left of it. Assyria turned it into a desert, into a refuge for wild dogs and stray cats. They brought in their big siege engines, tore down the buildings, and left nothing behind but rubble.

14 Wail, ships of Tarshish,
    your strong seaports all in ruins!

15-16 For the next seventy years, a king’s lifetime, Tyre will be forgotten. At the end of the seventy years, Tyre will stage a comeback, but it will be the comeback of a worn-out whore, as in the song:

Threescore and ten a.k.a. 70 (Psalm 90:10 KJV).

“Take a harp, circle the city,
    unremembered whore.
Sing your old songs, your many old songs.
    Maybe someone will remember.”

Gosh.

17-18 At the end of the seventy years, God will look in on Tyre. She’ll go back to her old whoring trade, selling herself to the highest bidder, doing anything with anyone—promiscuous with all the kingdoms of earth—for a fee. But everything she gets, all the money she takes in, will be turned over to God. It will not be put in banks. Her profits will be put to the use of God-Aware, God-Serving-People, providing plenty of food and the best of clothing.

Wellst.

Isaiah 24

The Landscape Will Be a Moonscape

1-3 Danger ahead! God’s about to ravish the earth
    and leave it in ruins,
Rip everything out by the roots
    and send everyone scurrying:
        priests and laypeople alike,
        owners and workers alike,
        celebrities and nobodies alike,
        buyers and sellers alike,
        bankers and beggars alike,
        the haves and have-nots alike.
The landscape will be a moonscape,
    totally wasted.
And why? Because God says so.
    He’s issued the orders.

Hw wasn’t playin. From the root. He wanted that dead dead.

The earth turns gaunt and gray,
    the world silent and sad,
    sky and land lifeless, colorless.

Well He spoke and created it in Genesis 1 so….

Earth Polluted by Its Very Own People

5-13 Earth is polluted by its very own people,
    who have broken its laws,
Disrupted its order,
    violated the sacred and eternal covenant.
Therefore a curse, like a cancer,
    ravages the earth.
Its people pay the price of their sacrilege.
    They dwindle away, dying out one by one.
No more wine, no more vineyards,
    no more songs or singers.
The laughter of castanets is gone,
    the shouts of celebrants, gone,
    the laughter of fiddles, gone.
No more parties with toasts of champagne.
    Serious drinkers gag on their drinks.
The chaotic cities are unlivable. Anarchy reigns.
    Every house is boarded up, condemned.
People riot in the streets for wine,
    but the good times are gone forever—
    no more joy for this old world.
The city is dead and deserted,
    bulldozed into piles of rubble.
That’s the way it will be on this earth.
    This is the fate of all nations:
An olive tree shaken clean of its olives,
    a grapevine picked clean of its grapes.

But the promise of new vines and Jesus’s/Jesus’ (idk) mentioning vines in John 15.

14-16 But there are some who will break into glad song.
    Out of the west they’ll shout of God’s majesty.
Yes, from the east God’s glory will ascend.
    Every island of the sea
Will broadcast God’s fame,
    the fame of the God of Israel.
From the four winds and the seven seas we hear the singing:
    “All praise to the Righteous One!”

16-20 But I said, “That’s all well and good for somebody,
    but all I can see is doom, doom, and more doom.”
All of them at one another’s throats,
    yes, all of them at one another’s throats.
Terror and pits and booby traps
    are everywhere, whoever you are.
If you run from the terror,
    you’ll fall into the pit.
If you climb out of the pit,
    you’ll get caught in the trap.
Chaos pours out of the skies.
    The foundations of earth are crumbling.
Earth is smashed to pieces,
    earth is ripped to shreds,
    earth is wobbling out of control,
Earth staggers like a drunk,
    sways like a shack in a high wind.
Its piled-up sins are too much for it.
    It collapses and won’t get up again.

My, my, my.

21-23 That’s when God will call on the carpet
    rebel powers in the skies and
Rebel kings on earth.
    They’ll be rounded up like prisoners in a jail,
Corralled and locked up in a jail,
    and then sentenced and put to hard labor.
Shamefaced moon will cower, humiliated,
    red-faced sun will skulk, disgraced,
Because God-of-the-Angel-Armies will take over,
    ruling from Mount Zion and Jerusalem,
Splendid and glorious
    before all his leaders.

Um. Okay?

NAME OF GOD: El Elohe Yisrael

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: The mighty God of Israel

Verse: Genesis 33:20

KJ21 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel [that is, God, the God of Israel].

ASV And he erected there an altar, and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

AMP There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

AMPC There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel [God, the God of Israel].

BRG And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel.

CSB And he set up an altar there and called it God, the God of Israel.CEB Then he set up an altar there and named it El Elohe Israel.

CJB There he put up an altar, which he called El-Elohei-Yisra’el [God, the God of Isra’el].

CEVthen he set up his tents and built an altar there to honor the God of Israel.

DARBY And there he set up an altar, and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

DRA And raising an altar there, he invoked upon it the most mighty God of Israel.

ERV He built an altar there to honor God. He named the place “El, the God of Israel.”

EHV He erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel.

ESV There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

ESVUK There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

EXB He ·built [erected] an altar there and named it ·after God, the God of Israel [L El-Elohe-Israel].

GNVAnd he set up there an altar, and called it, The mighty God of Israel.

Mighty God

GW He set up an altar there and named it God Is the God of Israel.

GNT He put up an altar there and named it for El, the God of Israel.

HCSB And he set up an altar there and called it “God, the God of Israel.”

ICB He built an altar there and named it after God, the God of Israel.

ISV set up an altar, and named it El-elohe-israel.

JUB And there he erected an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel (the Strong God of Israel).

Strong God

KJV And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.

AKJV And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel.

LEB And there he erected an altar and called it “El Elohe Israel.”

TLB And there he erected an altar and called it “El-Elohe-Israel,” “The Altar to the God of Israel.”)

MSG And that’s how it happened that Jacob arrived all in one piece in Shechem in the land of Canaan—all the way from Paddan Aram. He camped near the city. He bought the land where he pitched his tent from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. He paid a hundred silver coins for it. Then he built an altar there and named it El-Elohe-Israel (Mighty Is the God of Israel). * * *

MEV He erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel

.NOG He set up an altar there and named it El Is the Elohim of Israel.

NABRE He set up an altar there and invoked “El, the God of Israel.”

NASBThen he erected there an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel

.NASB1995 Then he erected there an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

NCV He built an altar there and named it after God, the God of Israel.

NET There he set up an altar and called it “The God of Israel is God.”

NIRV He also set up an altar there. He named it El Elohe Israel.

NIV There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.

NIVUK There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.

NKJV Then he erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel.

NLV He built an altar there, and gave it the name El-Elohe-Israel.

NLT And there he built an altar and named it El-Elohe-Israel.

NRSV There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

NRSVA There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

NRSVACE There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

NRSVCE There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

OJB And he erected there a Mizbe’ach, and called it El Elohei Yisroel.

RSV There he erected an altar and called it El-El′ohe-Israel.

RSVCEThere he erected an altar and called it El-El′ohe-Israel.

TLV There he set up an altar, and he called it, El is Israel’s God.

VOICE And there also he built an altar he called El-Elohe-Israel, which means “God, the God of Israel.”

WEB He erected an altar there, and called it El Elohe Israel.

WYC And when he had raised an altar there, he inwardly called on it the full strong God of Israel. (And when he had raised up an altar there, he called it Elelohe-Israel.)

Full, strong God

YLT and he setteth up there an altar, and proclaimeth at it God — the God of Israel.

Structure of the Bible

When I was a teenager, my grandfather’s wife was our Bible Class for a while. She told us if we could do several things we would be gifted with a Thompson Chain Reference Bible. All I can remember is saying all of the books of the Bible forward and backward and the structure of the Books of the Bible. Here’s how the Bible is structured.

  • The Law
    • Genesis 
    • Exodus
    • Leviticus
    • Numbers
    • Deuteronomy
  • History
    • Joshua
    • Judges
    • Ruth
    • 1 Samuel
    • 2 Samuel
    • 1 Kings
    • 2 Kings
    • 1 Chronicles
    • 2 Chronicles
    • Ezra
    • Nehemiah
    • Esther
  • Poetry
    • Job
    • Psalms
    • Proverbs
    • Ecclesiastes
    • Song of Solomon
  • Major Prophets
    • Isaiah
    • Jeremiah
    • Lamentations
    • Ezekiel
    • Daniel
  • Minor Prophets
    • Hosea
    • Joel
    • Amos
    • Obadiah
    • Jonah
    • Micah
    • Nahum
    • Habakkuk
    • Zephaniah
    • Haggai
    • Zechariah
    • Malachi
  • Gospels
    • Matthew
    • Mark
    • Luke
    • John
  • History
    • Acts
  • Paul’s Letters
    • Romans
    • 1 Corinthians
    • 2 Corinthians
    • Galatians
    • Ephesians
    • Philippians
    • Colossians
    • 1 Thessalonians
    • 2 Thessalonians
    • 1 Timothy
    • 2 Timothy
    • Titus
    • Philemon
  • General Letters
    • Hebrews
    • James
    • 1 Peter
    • 2 Peter
    • 1 John
    • 2 John
    • 3 John
    • Jude
  • Prophecy
    • Revelation

NAME OF GOD: El Bethel

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 verse at the top to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: The God of the House of God

Verse: Genesis 35:7

KJ21 And he built there an altar and called the place Elbethel [that is, The God of Bethel], because there God appeared unto him when he fled from the face of his brother.

ASV And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

AMP There he built an altar [to worship the Lord], and called the place El-bethel (God of the House of God), because there God had revealed Himself to him when he escaped from his brother.

AMPC There he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel [God of Bethel], for there God revealed Himself to him when he fled from the presence of his brother.

BRG And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

CSB Jacob built an altar there and called the place El-bethel because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

CEB He built an altar there and named the place El-bethel, because God had revealed himself to him there when he ran away from his brother.

CJB He built there an altar and called the place El-Beit-El [God of Beit-El], because it was there that God was revealed to him, at the time when he was fleeing from his brother.

CEV Jacob built an altar there and called it “God of Bethel,” because that was the place where God had appeared to him when he was running from Esau.

DARBY And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God had appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

DRA And he built there an altar, and called the name of that place, The house of God: for there God appeared to him when he fled from his brother.

ERV Jacob built an altar there. He named the place “El Bethel.” Jacob chose this name because that is the place where God first appeared to him when he was running from his brother.

EHV He built an altar there and named the place El Beth El, because God had been revealed to him there, when he fled from the presence of his brother.

ESV and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

ESVUK and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

EXB There Jacob built an altar and named the place ·Bethel, after God [El-Bethel; or “God of Bethel”], because God had appeared to him there when he was ·running [fleeing] from his brother.

GNV And he built there an altar, and had called the place, The God of Bethel, because that God appeared unto him there, when he fled from his brother.

GW He built an altar there and called that place El Bethel [God of the House of God]. That’s where God had revealed himself to Jacob when he was fleeing from his brother.

GNT He built an altar there and named the place for the God of Bethel, because God had revealed himself to him there when he was running away from his brother.

HCSB Jacob built an altar there and called the place God of Bethel because it was there that God had revealed Himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

ICB There Jacob built an altar. He named the place Bethel, after God, because God had appeared to him there. That was when he was running from his brother.

ISV He built an altar there to God and named the place El Beth-el, because God had revealed himself there when he was fleeing from his brother.

JUB And there he built an altar and called the place Elbethel because there God had appeared unto him when he fled from the face of his brother.

KJV And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

AKJV And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

LEB And he built an altar there and called the place El-Bethel, for there God had appeared to him when he fled before his brother.

TLB And Jacob erected an altar there and named it “the altar to the God who met me here at Bethel” because it was there at Bethel that God appeared to him when he was fleeing from Esau.

Yas words!

MSG Jacob and his company arrived at Luz, that is, Bethel, in the land of Canaan. He built an altar there and named it El-Bethel (God-of-Bethel) because that’s where God revealed himself to him when he was running from his brother.

MEV There he built an altar and called the place El Bethel, because God had appeared to him there when he fled from his brother.

NOG He built an altar there and called that place El Bethel [God of the House of God]. That’s where Elohim had revealed himself to Jacob when he was fleeing from his brother.

Okay Elohim

NABRE There he built an altar and called the place El-Bethel, for it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NASB Then he built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NASB1995 He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NCV There Jacob built an altar and named the place Bethel, after God, because God had appeared to him there when he was running from his brother.

NET He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel because there God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NIRV Jacob built an altar at Luz. He named the place El Bethel. There God made himself known to Jacob when he was running away from his brother.

Not just revealed-made himself know. Way more intimate and relational sounding.

NIV There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NIVUK There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

NKJV And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

NLV He built an altar there, and gave the place the name El-bethel. Because God had shown Himself to him there, when Jacob ran away from his brother.

NLT Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.

NRSV and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NRSVA and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NRSVACE and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

NRSVCE. and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

OJB And he built there a Mizbe’ach, and called the makom (place) El Beit-El; because there HaElohim appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of achiv.

RSV and there he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

RSVCE and there he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

TLV He built an altar there and called the place El-Beth-El because God had revealed Himself to him there when he fled from the presence of his brother.

VOICE There he built an altar and called the place El-bethel because it was there that God had revealed Himself to Jacob when he was running away from his brother.

WEB He built an altar there, and called the place El Beth El; because there God was revealed to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

WYC And he builded there an altar to the Lord, and called the name of that place The house of God, for God appeared there to him, when he fled his brother. (And he built there an altar to the Lord, and called the name of that place El-bethel, for God appeared to him there, when he fled from his brother.)

YLT and he buildeth there an altar, and proclaimeth at the place the God of Bethel: for there had God been revealed unto him, in his fleeing from the face of his brother.

Crazy how good God is to us when we simply are not good. Jacob made a deal with his older, twin brother Esau when he was starving. Esau wanted stew Jacob cooked. Jacob told Esau to sell him his birthright. Esau claimed to be so hungry he was about to die and asked what use the birthright was to him. Jacob made sure Esau swore to it before giving him food. The Bible says Esau despised his birthright. Despised. Genesis 25:29-34 English Standard Version (ESV). Huh.

Tis mother, Rebekah, was aware of the deal. She helped Jacob cash in on the deal in a deceitful manner when their father Isaac was old, blind, and told Esau to get ready to be blessed. Genesis 27:5-17 ESV.

Esau clearly did not really mean it. Genesis 27:34, 36, & 41 ESV. Crazy how his hunger caused him to willingly trade something so important so callously. What has our hunger for sin caused us to forfeit and later regret? He wanted nothing do do with it when he was in one condition. But, when he came back to himself and it was time to receive all that was attached to it, it was too late. He had to deal with the consequences for the rest of his life.

Thing is though, in hindsight, it makes sense that this happened. They wrestled in her womb and she asked God what was up. He told her they were two nations and that the older will serve the younger. Jacob came out of Rebecca’s womb holding on to Esau’s heel. Genesis 25:22-26 ESV. Once Esau realized what happened and conversed with Isaac, Isaac said something similar to what God told Rebekah: you shall serve your brother. Buuuuuuut. Isaac said that when Esau grew restless, he would break Jacob’s yoke from his neck. Genesis 27:40 ESV.

A father looking out for a son who didn’t even really deserve it. The Bible doesn’t say whether or not Isaac was aware of the deal. It appears that he wasn’t. I doubt he would have just been okay with it had he known because he didn’t seem to pleased upon the discovery. But he made sure to speak to Esau and prophesy something good in the midst of a devastating moment that would alter the course of his future. Just like God does for some of us.

NAME OF GOD: Jehovah

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 verse at the top to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: Lord, master and relational God

Verse: Genesis 2:4

KJ21
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

ASV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.

AMP
This is the history of [the origin of] the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day [that is, days of creation] that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

AMPC
This is the history of the heavens and of the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

BRG
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

CSB
These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. At the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

CEB
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day the Lord God made earth and sky—

CJB
(A: iv, S: ii) Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven,

I dig the use of another name of God that we will get to tomorrow.

CEV
That’s how God created the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the heavens and the earth,

DARBY
These are the histories of the heavens and the earth, when they were created, in the day that Jehovah Elohim made earth and heavens,

Okay with yesterday and today’s names!

DRA
These are the generations of the heaven and the earth, when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the heaven and the earth:

ERV
This is the story about the creation of the sky and the earth. This is what happened when the Lord God made the earth and the sky.

EHV
This is the account about the development of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens:

So academic “the account about the development”. I’m here for it.

ESV
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Wow. Generations of the heavens and the earth. That denotes a lot of time to me when we consider what a generation is. But. This reminds me of 2 Peter 3:8 “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. Time is different for God. Maybe that’s why what seems to take forever for us is really no time at all for Him.

ESVUK
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

EXB
·This is the story [L These are the generations; C introduces a new section of the book; see also 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1, 9] of the creation of the ·sky [heavens] and the earth. When the ·Lord God [Yahweh Elohim; C Elohim is the common term for God; Lord (capital letters) represents the divine name YHWH, usually pronounced “Yahweh”; see Ex. 3:14–15] first made the earth and the ·sky [heavens],

Okay YHWH and Elohim.

GNV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth, when they were created, in the day, that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

GW
This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when the Lord God made earth and heaven.

GNT
And that is how the universe was created. When the Lord God made the universe,

HCSB
These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

ICB
This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the sky,

ISV
These are the records of the universe at its creation. On the day that the Lord God made the universe,

JUB
These are the origins of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens

KJV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

AKJV
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

LEB
These are the generations of heaven and earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made earth and heaven—

TLB
Here is a summary of the events in the creation of the heavens and earth when the Lord God made them.

MSG
By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.

MEV
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NOG
This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when Yahweh Elohim made earth and heaven.

NABRE
This is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens—

NASB
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

NASB1995
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

NCV
This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the Lord God first made the earth and the sky,

NET
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created—when the Lord God made the earth and heavens.

NIRV
Here is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were created. The Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NIV
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NIVUK
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NKJV
This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NLV
This is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were made, in the day the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

NLT
This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSV
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVA
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVACE
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

NRSVCE
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

OJB
These are the toldot of HaShomayim and of Ha’Aretz when they were created, in the Yom that Hashem Elohim made Eretz v’Shomayim,

RSV
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

RSVCE
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

TLV
These are the genealogical records of the heavens and the earth when they were created, at the time when Adonai Elohim made land and sky.

Wow. I know I’ve said that already. But still. “Genealogical records” is fancy. It’s as if the heavens and earth are actual people. I mean. They are living things so….I guess that makes perfect sense.

VOICE
This is the detailed story of the Eternal God’s singular work in creating all that exists. On the day the heavens and earth were created,

So poetic.

WEB
This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made the earth and the heavens.

WYC
These be the generations of heaven and of earth, in the day wherein the Lord God made heaven and earth, (These be the generations, or the creation, of the heavens and the earth, in the days when the Lord God made the heavens and the earth,)

YLT
These [are] births of the heavens and of the earth in their being prepared, in the day of Jehovah God’s making earth and heavens;

Again with living things-birth. Man. Sheesh. I’m sure I said that yesterday to. But as a words person these words hit me.

NAME OF GOD: Elohim

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 verse at the top to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: The strong, Creator God

Verses: Genesis 1:12

KJ21
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

ASV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

AMP
In the beginning God (Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

Hovering, brooding. What a picture.

AMPC
In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

BRG
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

CSB
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

CEB
When God began to create the heavens and the earth—the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters—

Yo. His wind. Man. It is still His Spirit. But written as His wind…

CJB
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water.

CEV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was barren, with no form of life; it was under a roaring ocean covered with darkness. But the Spirit of God was moving over the water.

A very vivid picture. Barren. No form of life. Roaring ocean covered with darkness. It bore repeating.

DARBY
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was waste and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

DRA
In the beginning God created heaven, and earth. And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters.

ERV
God created the sky and the earth. At first, the earth was completely empty. There was nothing on the earth. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit moved over the water.

EHV
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was undeveloped and empty. Darkness covered the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

ESV
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

ESVUK
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

EXB
·In the beginning [or In the beginning when] God created [C this Hebrew verb is used only when God is the one creating] the ·sky [heavens] and the earth. ·The [or…the] earth ·had no form and was empty [or was a formless void]. Darkness covered the ·ocean [deep], and ·God’s Spirit [or a mighty wind] was ·moving [hovering] over the water.

GNV
1 God created the heaven and the earth. 3 The light and the darkness, 8 The firmament, 9 He separateth the water from the earth. 16 He createth the sun, the moon, and the stars. 21 He createth the fish, birds, beasts, 26 He createth man, and giveth him rule over all creatures, 29 And provideth nurture for man and beast. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the waters.

Um.

GW
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God was hovering over the water.

GNT
In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water.

Okay big, $50 word engulfed. Make it make sense why don’t you?!

HCSB
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

ICB
In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. The earth was empty and had no form. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit was moving over the water.

ISV
In the beginning, God created the universe. When the earth was as yet unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters,

Love.

JUB
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without order, and empty; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Without order. Wow. But then He continued to speak and brought order. Just like today. ONE word from God can bring order. Jesus spoke and the wind and sea came into subjection (Luke 8:23-25; Mark 4:37-41; Matthew 8:23-27). Jesus spoke so many times in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and his word alone changed lives.

KJV
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

AKJV
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

LEB
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth—Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

TLB
When God began creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was a shapeless, chaotic mass,* with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors.*

Yooooooo. The word choice……

MSG
First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

The MSG always comes through with the descriptiveness.

MEV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.

NOG
In the beginning Elohim created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Ruach Elohim was hovering over the water.

Love how the name of God is used in this version.

NABRE
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth—and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters—

NASB
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was a formless and desolate emptiness, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

NASB1995
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

NCV
In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. The earth was empty and had no form. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit was moving over the water.

NET
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.

NIRV
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. There was darkness over the surface of the waves. At that time, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

NIV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

NIVUK
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

NKJV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

NLV
In the beginning God made from nothing the heavens and the earth. The earth was an empty waste and darkness was over the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was moving over the top of the waters.

An empty waste……………………..

NLT
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

NRSV
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

The previous copule didn’t use the word face. But. Face makes it sound like it is the living thing that it is. Well that some see water is. Jesus called himself the living water (John 4:10-11). He said rivers of living water would flow out of the belly of those who believe on him (John 7:38).

NRSVA
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

NRSVACE
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

NRSVCE
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

OJB
In the beginning Elohim created hashomayim (the heavens, Himel) and haaretz (the earth). And the earth was tohu vavohu (without form, and void); and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Ruach Elohim was hovering upon the face of the waters.

Okay with what I assume is the Hebrew. I’m tired and lazy. Smh.

RSV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

RSVCE
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

TLV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was chaos and waste, darkness was on the surface of the deep, and the Ruach Elohim was hovering upon the surface of the water.

Chaos again. Well I think another version said chaotic. But still. Man. And the name of God again. 🙂

VOICE
In the beginning, God created everything: the heavens above and the earth below. Here’s what happened: At first the earth lacked shape and was totally empty, and a dark fog draped over the deep while God’s spirit-wind hovered over the surface of the empty waters. Then there was the voice of God.

The here’s what happened made me smile. It’s like they are having a conversation. The translation is called the Voice….

WEB
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.

WYC
In the beginning God made of nought heaven and earth. (In the beginning God made out of nothing the heavens and the earth.) Forsooth the earth was idle and void, and darknesses were on the face of (the) depth; and the Spirit of the Lord was borne on the waters [and the Spirit of God was borne upon the waters].

Interesting word usage. But made out of nothing. Nothing was there. That’s what a void is. Tuh. God still comes in and fills voids if we let Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). And wow. Borne. I know it isn’t born. But that’s what I thought of since ya know they are pronounced the same. We are introduced, what a birth kind of is, well the world is introduced to the Spirit of God when he speaks and creates it. Man oh man!

YLT
In the beginning of God’s preparing the heavens and the earth — the earth hath existed waste and void, and darkness [is] on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God fluttering on the face of the waters,

Preparing. That’s it. That’s all. Preparing.

Isaiah 1-3 The Message MSG

So. I’m gonna read from Isaiah through Malachi, skipping Lamentations, from now through June 15 if nothing changes.

Putting the chapter in bold with my comments regular was an exercise in patience for the parts of proverbs I did it for. Three chapters of it will be team way to much.

My words will be italicized wherever they appear. Should the Bible be italicized near my words, I’ll do something to differentiate them. 🙃😊

Isaiah Chapter 1

Messages of Judgment

Quit Your Worship Charades

¹ The vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw regarding Judah and Jerusalem during the times of the kings of Judah: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.

2-4 Heaven and earth, you’re the jury.
    Listen to God’s case:
“I had children and raised them well,
    and they turned on me.
The ox knows who’s boss,
    the mule knows the hand that feeds him,
But not Israel.
    My people don’t know up from down.
Shame! Misguided God-dropouts,
    staggering under their guilt-baggage,
Villainous gang,
    band of vandals—
My people have walked out on me, their God,
    turned their backs on The Holy of Israel,
    walked off and never looked back.

5-9 “Why bother even trying to do anything with you
    when you just keep to your bullheaded ways?
You keep beating your heads against brick walls.
    Everything within you protests against you.
From the bottom of your feet to the top of your head,
    nothing’s working right.
Wounds and bruises and running sores—
    untended, unwashed, unbandaged.
Your country is laid waste,
    your cities burned down.
Your land is destroyed by outsiders while you watch,
    reduced to rubble by barbarians.
Daughter Zion is deserted—
    like a tumbledown shack on a dead-end street,
Like a tarpaper shanty on the wrong side of the tracks,
    like a sinking ship abandoned by the rats.
If God-of-the-Angel-Armies hadn’t left us a few survivors,
    we’d be as desolate as Sodom, doomed just like Gomorrah.

10 “Listen to my Message,
    you Sodom-schooled leaders.
Receive God’s revelation,
    you Gomorrah-schooled people.

11-12 “Why this frenzy of sacrifices?”
    God’s asking.
“Don’t you think I’ve had my fill of burnt sacrifices,
    rams and plump grain-fed calves?
Don’t you think I’ve had my fill
    of blood from bulls, lambs, and goats?
When you come before me,
    whoever gave you the idea of acting like this,
Running here and there, doing this and that—
    all this sheer commotion in the place provided for worship?

Man. This reminds me of when Jesus went in the temple and turned over the tables (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18). This also makes me think of us today and how God must feel about us…

13-17 “Quit your worship charades.
    I can’t stand your trivial religious games:
Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—
    meetings, meetings, meetings—I can’t stand one more!
Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them!
    You’ve worn me out!
I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion,
    while you go right on sinning.
When you put on your next prayer-performance,
    I’ll be looking the other way.
No matter how long or loud or often you pray,
    I’ll not be listening.
And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing
    people to pieces, and your hands are bloody.
Go home and wash up.
    Clean up your act.
Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings
    so I don’t have to look at them any longer.
Say no to wrong.
    Learn to do good.
Work for justice.
    Help the down-and-out.
Stand up for the homeless.
    Go to bat for the defenseless.

This reminds me of so many people and churches I know today. Also, the Sadducees and Pharisees of the New Testament. Crazy.

Let’s Argue This Out

18-20 “Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
    This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
    they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
    they’ll be like wool.
If you’ll willingly obey,
    you’ll feast like kings.
But if you’re willful and stubborn,
    you’ll die like dogs.”
That’s right. God says so.

Those Who Walk Out on God

21-23 Oh! Can you believe it? The chaste city
    has become a whore!
She was once all justice,
    everyone living as good neighbors,
And now they’re all
    at one another’s throats.
Your coins are all counterfeits.
    Your wine is watered down.
Your leaders are turncoats
    who keep company with crooks.
They sell themselves to the highest bidder
    and grab anything not nailed down.
They never stand up for the homeless,
    never stick up for the defenseless.

This is something that appears to be going on today. All this money in all these churches to build bigger buildings. But there is little to no outreach to help those in need, the mandate Jesus gave when describing who would be welcome in heaven in Matthew 25:31-40, the hands and feet of Jesus.

24-31 This Decree, therefore, of the Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
    the Strong One of Israel:
“This is it! I’ll get my oppressors off my back.
    I’ll get back at my enemies.
I’ll give you the back of my hand,
    purge the junk from your life, clean you up.
I’ll set honest judges and wise counselors among you
    just like it was back in the beginning.
Then you’ll be renamed
    City-That-Treats-People-Right, the True-Blue City.”
God’s right ways will put Zion right again.
    God’s right actions will restore her prodigals.
But it’s curtains for rebels and God-traitors,
    a dead end for those who walk out on God.
“Your dalliances in those oak grove shrines
    will leave you looking mighty foolish,
All that fooling around in god and goddess gardens
    that you thought was the latest thing.
You’ll end up like an oak tree
    with all its leaves falling off,
Like an unwatered garden,
    withered and brown.
‘The Strong Man’ will turn out to be dead bark and twigs,
    and his ‘work,’ the spark that starts the fire
That exposes man and work both
    as nothing but cinders and smoke

Isaiah Chapter 2

Climb God’s Mountain

 The Message Isaiah got regarding Judah and Jerusalem:

1-5There’s a day coming
    when the mountain of God’s House
Will be The Mountain—
    solid, towering over all mountains.
All nations will river toward it,
    people from all over set out for it.
They’ll say, “Come,
    let’s climb God’s Mountain,
    go to the House of the God of Jacob.
He’ll show us the way he works
    so we can live the way we’re made.”
Zion’s the source of the revelation.
    God’s Message comes from Jerusalem.
He’ll settle things fairly between nations.
    He’ll make things right between many peoples.
They’ll turn their swords into shovels,
    their spears into hoes.
No more will nation fight nation;
    they won’t play war anymore.
Come, family of Jacob,
    let’s live in the light of God.

6-9 God, you’ve walked out on your family Jacob
    because their world is full of hokey religion,
Philistine witchcraft, and pagan hocus-pocus,
    a world rolling in wealth,
Stuffed with things,
    no end to its machines and gadgets,
And gods—gods of all sorts and sizes.
    These people make their own gods and worship what they make.
A degenerate race, facedown in the gutter.
    Don’t bother with them! They’re not worth forgiving!

Bruuuuuuuuuuh. The more things change the more things stay the same…

Pretentious Egos Brought Down to Earth

10 Head for the hills,
    hide in the caves
From the terror of God,
    from his dazzling presence.

11-17 People with a big head are headed for a fall,
    pretentious egos brought down a peg.
It’s God alone at front-and-center
    on the Day we’re talking about,
The Day that God-of-the-Angel-Armies
    is matched against all big-talking rivals,
    against all swaggering big names;
Against all giant sequoias
    hugely towering,
    and against the expansive chestnut;
Against Kilimanjaro and Annapurna,
    against the ranges of Alps and Andes;
Against every soaring skyscraper,
    against all proud obelisks and statues;
Against ocean-going luxury liners,
    against elegant three-masted schooners.
The swelled big heads will be punctured bladders,
    the pretentious egos brought down to earth,
Leaving God alone at front-and-center
    on the Day we’re talking about.

The first part reminds me of what I just read last month. Pride before destruction, haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18 King James Version KJV). The last part…what I’m going to get to eventually: Isaiah 42:8 KJV (…my glory I will not give to another…) and Philippians 2:10-11 KJV (That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father).

18 And all those sticks and stones
    dressed up to look like gods
    will be gone for good.

19 Clamber into caves in the cliffs,
    duck into any hole you can find.
Hide from the terror of God,
    from his dazzling presence,
When he assumes his full stature on earth,
    towering and terrifying.

It is interesting that the instruction is hide when Adam and Eve’s hiding was pointless in Genesis 3:8 because God already knew, even though He asked Adam where he was in verse 9. I heard a preacher once say that God doesn’t ask questions that He doesn’t already know the answer to. I would give them credit. But I’m not 100% I have the right one.

20-21 On that Day men and women will take
    the sticks and stones
They’ve decked out in gold and silver
    to look like gods and then worshiped,
And they will dump them
    in any ditch or gully,
Then run for rock caves
    and cliff hideouts
To hide from the terror of God,
    from his dazzling presence,
When he assumes his full stature on earth,
    towering and terrifying.

22 Quit scraping and fawning over mere humans,
    so full of themselves, so full of hot air!
    Can’t you see there’s nothing to them?

Makes me think of how much people want to be like others but don’t know how fake and cultivated the presentations are.

Isaiah Chapter 3

Jerusalem on Its Last Legs

1-7 The Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
    is emptying Jerusalem and Judah
Of all the basic necessities,
    plain bread and water to begin with.
He’s withdrawing police and protection,
    judges and courts,
    pastors and teachers,
    captains and generals,
    doctors and nurses,
    and, yes, even the repairmen and jacks-of-all-trades.
He says, “I’ll put little kids in charge of the city.
    Schoolboys and schoolgirls will order everyone around.
People will be at each other’s throats,
    stabbing one another in the back:
Neighbor against neighbor, young against old,
    the no-account against the well-respected.
One brother will grab another and say,
    ‘You look like you’ve got a head on your shoulders.
Do something!
    Get us out of this mess.’
And he’ll say, ‘Me? Not me! I don’t have a clue.
    Don’t put me in charge of anything.’

8-9 “Jerusalem’s on its last legs.
    Judah is soon down for the count.
Everything people say and do
    is at cross-purposes with God,
    a slap in my face.
Brazen in their depravity,
    they flaunt their sins like degenerate Sodom.
Doom to their eternal souls! They’ve made their bed;
    now they’ll sleep in it.

10-11 “Reassure the righteous
    that their good living will pay off.
But doom to the wicked! Disaster!
    Everything they did will be done to them.

12 “Skinny kids terrorize my people.
    Silly girls bully them around.
My dear people! Your leaders are taking you down a blind alley.
    They’re sending you off on a wild-goose chase.”

A City Brought to Her Knees by Her Sorrows

13-15 God enters the courtroom.
    He takes his place at the bench to judge his people.
God calls for order in the court,
    hauls the leaders of his people into the dock:
“You’ve played havoc with this country.
    Your houses are stuffed with what you’ve stolen from the poor.
What is this anyway? Stomping on my people,
    grinding the faces of the poor into the dirt?”
That’s what the Master,
    God-of-the-Angel-Armies, says.

I love the reminder that God is whatever and whoever we need Him to be. Here he is needed as a judge. But He is so many things all through the Bible and through Jesus to us today.

16-17 God says, “Zion women are stuck-up,
    prancing around in their high heels,
Making eyes at all the men in the street,
    swinging their hips,
Tossing their hair,
    gaudy and garish in cheap jewelry.”
The Master will fix it so those Zion women
    will all turn bald—
Scabby, bald-headed women.
    The Master will do it.

Whoa. Eek. Sheesh.

18-23 The time is coming when the Master will strip them of their fancy baubles—the dangling earrings, anklets and bracelets, combs and mirrors and silk scarves, diamond brooches and pearl necklaces, the rings on their fingers and the rings on their toes, the latest fashions in hats, exotic perfumes and aphrodisiacs, gowns and capes, all the world’s finest in fabrics and design.

24 Instead of wearing seductive scents,
    these women are going to smell like rotting cabbages;
Instead of modeling flowing gowns,
    they’ll be sporting rags;
Instead of their stylish hairdos,
    scruffy heads;
Instead of beauty marks,
    scabs and scars.

Um what? Lol.

25-26 Your finest fighting men will be killed,
    your soldiers left dead on the battlefield.
The entrance gate to Zion will be clotted
    with people mourning their dead—
A city stooped under the weight of her loss,
    brought to her knees by her sorrows.

God wasn’t playin with these people! Buckle up cuz He has so much more to say in these prophetic books of the Bible. And He is talking about so many of us today…

Words, Words, Words

All I had as a draft was the title. Ima see what I come up with.

Words matter. Sentence structure matters. Semantics. The English language is one of the hardest to learn for a person for whom English is not their first language. So many words sound the same but are spelled the same. The silent letters. The rules. Sure, for English speakers, other languages may be difficult. I learned Spanish. Their rules make a lot more sense than some of those I remember from my English classes. There are a multitude, a litany of exceptions for our words. For the most part, Spanish rules are pretty constant.

Lissen. Those last couple of sentences are sending me somewhere I cannot go. Lol. Just ponder them and see what you come up with. 😉

The Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). James 3 is a whole situation about the tongue and our mouths. He talks about how small they are and how much fire they can kindle. The thing that I thought of is his question in verse 11: Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter.

When reading it to put a couple of other things here I was also reminded of verses 9 and 10: Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

God spoke and created the earth. Go catch that first chapter of Genesis. Throughout the ENTIRE Bible, the words, promises of God and His vessels, Jesus shift lives and entire nations. Over and over again.

My thing is this. God breathed His breath into man in Genesis. Jesus promised us power to do greater works he did (John 14:12). He stated that things could be spoken to or spoke to them (fig tree, mountains, demons, wind and sea). So, if God spoke, Jesus spoke and promised us greater works than him, if we speak, we have the ability to have what we say.

It is so very crucial as believers to only speak positively and what God says. When I say what God says, I mean speak His word. The Bible. And, if He speaks to you personally, say that as well. Saying what God says isn’t 100% literal though. We have to speak well of, about, and to each other. With kind words. That is the essence of His Word and those who wrote under His inspiration.

Many of us were called things contrary to the plan of God for our lives. Many of us were called things contrary to who God made us. People didn’t know better or they passed their issues onto us. Some of us began to become what others said we were. Some of us began to call ourselves what others called us.

I thought about that thang one day. And you know what I did? I put the Word on it! I bound it because Jesus said what I bind on earth would be bound in heaven. I loosed what God thinks, what He says because he said what I loose on earth would be loosed in heaven (all bof of em are Matthew 18:18). I cursed it at the root and sent it back to the pit of hell where it belongs (churchy phrase with likely origins to that fig tree mentioned abouve).

I submit to you today, that if you are struggling with your words, study to be quiet (1 Thessalonians 4:11). Study the Word. Say things the way they should be said and say only what should be said. Not idle, wasteful things. I’m working on this myself as I believe I stated elsewhere.

If you are struggling with the words of others, study the word to find out who God and His vessels say we are. This. This. This. This. And this are great places to start.