Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hidden in the Word

My guest posting today is from Jennifer Orten. I never cease to be amazed at what treasures are hidden in the seemingly mundane.

Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Genesis 15:18-21

Egypt - that troubles or oppresses, anguish or tribulation
Euphrates - side beyond, region across opposite side or in Greek,
the good and abounding
- possession, purchase, lamentation
Kenizzites - possession, purchase
Kadmonites - ancients, from the East Hittites - trembling, fear,
one who is broken or fears
- dwelling in villages
Rephaims - the sense of invigorating, to heal or make whole
Amorites - bitter, rebels
Canannites - lowlands, merchant trader; or that humbles and subdues
Girgashites - who arrives from pilgrimage
Jebusites - treading under foot or trodden under foot

Jennifer’s Interpretation: Oppression, anguish, and tribulation [affect] the region across [the sea]. Lamentations of the purchase and possession by the ancients from the East. With trembling and fear, the broken ones dwell in villages to be healed and made whole. The bitter rebels of the lowlands subdue and humble [the inhabitants] as they arrive and tread them under foot.