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Christian blogger, KJV Bible apologist, legal researcher, teacher, learner, family man, writer, entrepreneur, born Jamaican, son of the soil, traveler... it's complicated. "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." 1 Corinthians 1:25-29 (KJV)

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"I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works." ~ Psalm 9:1 (KJV). This blog contains and explains the truth of God's Word. The Epignosis of the Word of God is what every servant of God must teach.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


This name, Yehovah Ra`ah, is a most interesting name and attribute of God because it embodies God as our shepherd and much more. The name is found in the following scripture that most of us know so well.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 (KJV)

Yehovah (the self existent one) is our shepherd. The word ‘shepherd’ is translated from the Hebrew word RA`AH, pronounced rä ä'. It is found 173 times in 144 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV and is translated: feed, shepherd, pastor, herdmen, keep and companion throughout.

This image comes from the Catacombs of San Callisto, which date to the mid-second century AD.

The Hebrew context implies that God pastures, tends and feeds us like a shepherd feeding a flock of sheep. It also implies that He associates with us as with a special friend. Yehovah Ra`ah governs, nourishes, feeds and delights in us to the extent that He has personal interaction and association with us. How awesome is that!

Praise God now. Hallelujah!

1 comment:

S. Morgan said...

My cousin mentioned the word Rohi, which we have been traditionally taught as applying to this scripture. Let me share with you as well why Rohi was not used here.

Rohi is a variant spelling. We have been traditionally taught that shepherd in Ps.23:1 comes from this word Rohi but Ra'ah is the actual Hebrew for the word. Ra'ah denotes a friend relationship between God and mankind, which is what Ps.23 is talking about. Yehovah Ra'ah can also mean 'the LORD my friend'.

I wanted to mention Rohi in the post but didn't because I was focusing on the correct Hebrew derived from the Septuagint. :) This digging in the Hebrew is tuff stuff, lol, no wonder I'm not learning much Japanese. ;)