July 06, 2021 – Tuesday
Hebrews 13:6 NIV
6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Hebrews 13:6 CJB
6 Therefore, we say with confidence, “Adonai is my helper; I will not be afraid — what can a human being do to me?”
We should be aware this is a direct quote from Psalm 118:6, but in Psalm 118, God is not described as a helper. Instead in the NIV we have, The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? And in the CJB we have, With Adonai on my side, I fear nothing — what can human beings do to me?
This is of interest as I always like to go back and see how an Old Testament verse is quoted. Is it paraphrased? Do key words change, etc. As noted above there is a change in phrasing from The Lord is with me or With Adonai on my side to The Lord is my helper or Adonai is my helper respectively. Then there is the matter of consistency in God’s name from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Most consistently have Lord in both. But only the CJB and the OJB are consistent with the name used other than Lord. There are eight versions that use Jehovah,Yahwah, Eternal, or Adonai in the Old Testament, but not in the New Testament when the verse is quoted. This happens for no apparent reason.
However, one commentary gave a reasonable explanation of why it changed from The Lord is with me to The Lord is my helper. Barnes’ Notes simply say, Substantially this sentiment [helper] is found in Psalm 118:6. And then, The apostle does not adduce it as a quotation, but as language which a true Christian may employ. The sentiment is beautiful and full of consolation. What can we fear if we have the assurance that the Lord is on our side, and that he will help us? This is spot on, for what do have to fear if the Lord is at our side, on our side? Especially as we know He will help us if we will only ask. Guzik states, This quotation from Psalm 118:6 points to the truth that real contentment comes only when we trust in God to meet our needs and to be our security. Strangely we are often more likely to put security and find contentment in things that are far less reliable and secure than God Himself is.
I can certainly speak from my own experience of taking on certain problems without asking God for His help and I was miserable as a result. When I finally turned it over to Him, the misery and pain went away. Then I observed Him solving the problem in His own time in His own way. My confidence in Him grew until it became boundless. I can only hope and pray it remains so.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are THE Miracle Maker. Let me always trust in You and have great confidence in You for when I do I have great peace as well. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.