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The Correct Meaning Is Eye Opening

Translators have a very difficult task in conveying the most accurate word meanings, especially when another language has no equivalent. Ancient Hebrew Idioms and Expressions, Poetic Rhyme and Word Puns do not carry over in translation.

So my concern is not with the inevitable Textual Variances that occur in every translation.  It’s helpful to compare biased word choices with different perspectives.

I also admire the honest documentation found by Textual Criticism.  For over two thousand years this process has preserved the greatest accuracy by testing  translations to the latest and most ancient discoveries.

Why Purposely Leave Words Mistranslated?

This list of 7 words has been corrupted by superstition, cultural bias and mythology.  In the past only the experts would have known but with today’s technology any novice, like me, can study the original, Ancient Hebrew word meanings; Biblhub.com, Strong’s Hebrew Concordance/Lexicon.  Wikipedia; Jeff Benner, http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/; Nehemia Gordon, https://www.nehemiaswall.com/.

I’ve written this short list to copy and paste into your Bibles for future reference:

  1.  LORD=YHVH  (#3068)
  2.  Demon=Adverse Spirit (Ra #7451; Ruach #7307)
  3.  Devil=Satan (#7854)
  4.  Hell=Grave, (Sheol #7585)
  5.  Dragon=Serpent (Nachash #5175)
  6.  Church=Assembly (Qahal #6951)
  7.  Jesus=Joshua, (Y’hoshua, #3091, meaning YHVH is Salvation)

1. LORD=YHVH

The capitalized, English word LORD, has admittedly replaced YHVH, 6.830 times.  This happened long before the New Testament was written and it is noted in the preface of most Bibles.  How eye opening it is, to see our Creator’s Eternal Name, from beginning to end in our Bibles!

YHVH means He Exists, He Is, Was, and Always Will Be.  He Is The First and The Last, The Eternally Living One.  YHVH is His Name Forever, (Exodus 3:15Psalm 135:13Revelation 1:17Revelation 1:18).  

The Hebrew word Adon #113 means Lord.  It is distinguished by its lower case letters.

Why would any translator omit God’s Eternal Name?  Some say it began with a Babylonian superstition, “The Name” being too holy to speak.

To this day Jewish people do not pronounce YHVH, but not speaking His Name goes in direct opposition to YHVH’s command to, Make His Name knownPsalm 105:1;  Isaiah 12:4; Jeremiah 16:21; 1 Chronicles 16:8;  John 17:26.

Others say, by the time the New Testament was compiled, omitting anything that sounded Jewish was a money maker.  What a horrible misunderstanding of YHVH’s Spiritual fulfillment, prophesied to come through the line of Judah, Genesis 49:9Revelation 5:5.

“There is neither Jew (Judean) nor Greek, (non-Judean) slave nor free, male nor female, for you are All One in Messiah Y’shua, (The Anointed Y’hoshua).” Galatians 3:28

Y’shua was Begotten, (Greek, monogenes, #3439=having no peer, unique), by God, a miraculous virgin birth.  His mother, from the tribe of Judah, was Jewish.  Every New Testament writer referred to the, so called, “Jewish Scriptures,” more accurately as, “The Living Word of God.”  1 Peter 1:23Hebrews 4:12Luke 8:11

2. Demon=Adverse Spirit

The word Demon replaced the original Hebrew meaning, “Evil or Unclean Spirit.”  The Hebrew word, Ra #7451, means adverse, as in everything bad, contrary to everything good.  Although, most consistently translated Evil.  Together with the Hebrew word Ruach #7307, meaning Breath, air or Spirit, (coming from God) does not equal Demon.

New Testament translators could have easily conveyed the literal, and most consistent Hebrew meaning.  Why change “a contrary condition” to “Demon?”  (Genesis 4:71 Samuel 16:14;  Matthew 16:23Acts 5:3 Romans 6:12)

Testing the etymology of the word Demon we find its root in mythology.   From the Greeks to the Mesopotamian’s, demonic folklore has been the cause of much fear. Portraying the darkness of evil as powerful.  Even revering demons as, “lesser gods.”

In original Hebrew, darkness and death are merely the absence of Light and Life.  Just as literal darkness still has no power over Light, because Darkness, (Choshek #2822) is void, Empty, (bohu #922), Nothing, (tohu #8414).

The Light is Everything.  Light is Truth.  Light is Life, Genesis 1:2; Genesis 1:3; Proverbs 6:23; John 8:12; John 1:4John 14:62 Corinthians 4:6

YHVH repeatedly instructs His People not to fear/revere anything but Him:  Deuteronomy 1:29Deuteronomy 5:29; Deuteronomy 6:13; Deuteronomy 31:6Ecclesiastes 12:13Luke 12:4 

3. Devil=Satan

Each time we see the word Devil in our New Testament translations, it has replaced the original Hebrew word satan, (#7854).  The correct and most consistent translation for satan is, adversary.  It may be as shocking to you, as it was for me, to learn satan is not a name, it’s a description.   Satan includes everyone and everything standing in opposition to God’s Good and Perfect purpose, Romans 12:2.

In context, Y’shua even refers to His disciple Peter as satan.  He calls Peter a stumbling block, which means an offense.   Why?  Because did not have his mind on the things of God but on the things of men, Matthew 16:23.  (Psalm 109:6 1 Kings 5:41 Kings 11:25Revelation 20:2).

“Hasatan” can easily be translated into English as “the satan,” or the adversary.

The fictitious Devil, and the name Lucifer, were blatant mistranslations.  There is no god of the underworld or “fallen angel,” concept in the original Hebrew.

“Lucifer” only occurs once, Isaiah 14:12, deceitfully replacing, “star of the morning”.

There is no God but One!  God’s Words leave no room for belief in any, evil with a D, god, Deuteronomy 4:39Deuteronomy 6:4Psalm 86:101 Corinthians 8:4.

4. Hell=Grave

The Hebrew words Sheol #7585, and the Pit, (Shachath #7845) have been mistranslated as the Underworld, Abyss and Hell.  Now remove all the “eternal hell-fire mythology,” because none of it exists in Hebrew, and the correct translation is simply the “grave,”  Isaiah 14:15

5. Dragon=Serpent

The Serpent, (Nachash #5175) is first mentioned in Genesis 3:1, meaning a shrewd deceiver.  In Hebrew, serpent and satan are used as synonyms.  Unlike the Sea Dragon, (Tanin #8577), or Leviathan, #3882, a twisting, serpent like, sea creature, sometimes translated, whale, Isaiah 27:1.

Why would New Testament translators chose one of the Bibles most ambiguous descriptions of a, sea Dragon, over a consistent and well known synonym?  This poor word choice has caused another, unnecessary, disconnect between Genesis and Revelations, Revelation 12:9.

6. Church=Assembly

What did Y’shua mean when He said to Peter, “On this rock I will build my Church,” Matthew 16:18.  Did He say Church?

Why would it be okay for translator’s to change the name of YHVH’s One and only, Holy, (Set Apart) Assembly?  Qahal #6951, in Hebrew, can also be translated Congregation or Convocation but never Church.  So why didn’t translators stick with the most consistent and accurate translation?

YHVH already named His, One and only, Assembly Israel #3478, (contends with God and man and prevails, Genesis 32:28).   Only ignorance of the spiritual meanings in God’s Spiritual Word could be the reason the Church would divide itself from YHVH’s Assembly, John 10:16.

God calls Israel His son, His Firstborn, Exodus 4:22.

Before Stephen was stoned to death, he reiterated the promised prophet “like Moses,” who would be raised from Israel’s brothers,” Deuteronomy 18:15,  The promise was given to the “Assembly” in the Wilderness, Acts 7:38,  YHVH’s Assembly was and always will be, an All inclusive, “mixed multitude,” Exodus 12:38.

Y’shua is called God’s son, His Firstborn, Psalm 2:7Matthew 3:17Hebrews 1:6

There is no Church division.  YHVH’s physical Assembly is a picture of His Spiritual Body, Ephesians 4:4 .  YHVH says He is the God of the Hebrews, (Eber #5680).  Abraham is first called a Hebrew, Genesis 14:13.  The word Hebrew means to pass through or cross over, Exodus 9:1,   Those in Y’shua have crossed over from death to Life, John 5:241 John 3:14

7. Jesus=Joshua

Aside from purposely removing the Creator’s Eternal Name, changing it is just as wrong.

There is no excuse, when translators correctly transliterate Joshua into English, Joshua 5:15, but later changing the very same Hebrew name to Jesus.

The Hebrew Name is Yehoshua #3091, meaning YHVH is Salvation.  That is about as eye opening as any translation correction can get!

 

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Have You Every Wondered What it Means To Be Holy?

“for it is written: “Be Holy, because I Am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

“For it is written,” a quote from the original Hebrew, holds the meaning of the word Holy.

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“Qadosh,” Translated Holy, Simply Means, “Be Set Apart”

“Be Set Apart,” (Qadosh) is not an impossible suggestion, but a well defined command.  Anyone with eyes to read or ears to hear can know exactly what our Creator meant when He told His people to be Set Apart (Qadosh).

“and so as to make a distinction between the Holy (Qodesh #6944) and the Profane/Common, (Chol #2455) and between the Unclean, (Tame’ #2931) and the Clean, (Tahor #2889)” Leviticus 10:10

An Entire Chapter Distinguishing Clean and Unclean Animals

Leviticus chapter 11 follows the command to “be Holy,” with a detailed description of which animals Holy people eat.  Here’s a fun song that makes the it easy to remember; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v8nmgGD1ik.

“For I Am YHVH your God. Consecrate, (qadash #6942, from qodesh #6944) yourselves therefore, and be Holy, (qadosh #6918) for I Am Holy (qadosh)…”  Leviticus 11:44

“For I am YHVH who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be Holy, for I Am Holy...” Leviticus 11:45

Leviticus chapter 19 follows the command to “Be Holy,” by reiterating seven of the ten commandments, along with additional detail.  Most importantly, Leviticus 19:18 is the command quoted by Y’shua, and his disciples as the greatest, the sum, and fulfillment of all commandments, “Love Your Neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 5:43,44Matthew 22:39Mark 12:31Luke 10:27John 13:34Romans 13:9Galatians 5:14…

“Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be Holy, for I YHVH your God Am Holy…Leviticus 19:2

Leviticus, chapter 20 continues, adding warnings of what is most abhorrent to YHVH, sacrificing children to Molech and unfaithfulness.

…I Am YHVH who sanctifies, (qadash #6942) you.” Leviticus 20:8

“you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.” Leviticus 20:23

“You shall consecrate, (kadash #6942) yourselves therefore and be Holy, (qodesh) for I Am YHVH your God…” Leviticus 20:7

“You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds. Do not defile yourselves by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground—those that I have set apart as unclean for you.”  Leviticus 20:25 

 “You are to be Holy to me because I, YHVH, Am Holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” Leviticus 20:26

Be Holy, Be Perfect, Be Blameless, Be Complete, Be Whole

Holy is not an elusive word, it is a dividing word.  It puts a distinction between what is God’s and what is of the world.

Some English translations tell us to be “Perfect,” but no human being is perfect and God knows that better than we do.  The Hebrew word “Tamim,” may be translated perfect but it also means Blameless, Complete, Whole…

When we set ourselves apart, (become Holy) from the profanity (what is commonly done) in the world, by making a distinction between what God says is clean and unclean, we become blameless (Tamim).

“Be Perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.” Matthew 5:48

“Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, YHVH appeared to Abram and said to him, “I Am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be Perfect/Blameless/Complete, (Tamim #8549).” Genesis 17:1

“For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be Holy, (Qadosh) and Blameless, (Tamim) in His presence. In Love,” Ephesians 1:4

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