April 25, 2005

The Bible

Here are some words used throughout the books of Psalms and Proverbs referring to the Bible, the Word of God. As you read through these books, consider these definitions*.

Testimonies - those things to which God witnesses

Law - that which points the way

Precepts - mandates handed down to be observed

Statutes - something that is engraved, cut; it is a definitive standard, set forth in a manner that is intended to last

Commandments - those thing God requires, enjoins with authority

Judgements - a legal term meaning, "decisions handed down"; court verdicts (case law) divinely given

An excellent example can be found in Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the LORD is perfect,
converting the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;

The statutes of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;

The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward

The word of God is an amazing thing. Something that I hope I will never cease to be amazed with.

Open my eyes that I may behold
Wonderful things out of Your Law.

Psalm 119:18 (Translation by Jay E. Adams)

*(All definitions from Jay E. Adams book, Counsel from Psalm 119)

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