Translation Changes Meaning


The Priestly Blessing from an Ancient Hebrew perspective.

Numbers 6:24-26

Hebrew

English

YHWH will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection,

YHWH will cause his wholeness of being to shine toward you bringing order and he will provide you with love, sustenance and friendship,

YHWH will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you and he will set in place all you need to be whole and complete.24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;

25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

 

As I meditated on the Hebrew version I realised that there is so much more in it than I had ever seen or understood in many years of reading the English version. So here are some of the things I have come to see and understand

Verse 24

  • YHWH – I AM: the Most High God; Creator of Heaven and Earth; King of all Creation
  • will kneel before you presenting giftsHe will come to my level and commune with me and share the bounty of His store house i.e. bless you
  • will guard you with a hedge of protection, – He will ensure that I am safe and sound according to His plan and purpose for me and not according to my limited view of vision

Verse 25

  • YHWH – I AM: the Most High God; Creator of Heaven and Earth; King of all Creation
  • Will cause his wholeness of being – All of Him will be evident to me and he will move all of Himself for my good – I deserve to see His face; I am worthy of His presence; He will move all of Himself for m20140103-003835.jpgy sake and restoration
  • To shine toward you bringing order – He will provide light and illumination that will change where I am…He knows where I am, the state I am in, the exact location I am seated and he seeks to reach me right there as I am…To Put things back as He created them to be and not as the world is dictating
  • He will provide you with love, sustenance and friendship – the best way to sum it up is that He will encamp around me and provide the protection I need and the grace to walk in His ways – He will feed my soul forever

Verse 26

  • YHWH – I AM: the Most High God; Creator of Heaven and Earth; King of all Creation
  • Will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you – His presence will be with me and surround me and hold me close to Him
  • He will set in place all you need to be whole and completeHe will replace or provide what is needed in order to make me whole and complete…back to His factory settings

The one thing I realised afresh though is that all these things will happen in His time and way and not mine…I cannot dictate how He works and when He works but I can anticipate that it is for my good and for His glory.

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