Sporadic theological and historical musings by Edgar Foster (Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies and one of Jehovah's Witnesses).
Something interesting has come to light from the Targums for me:-Ex. 19:17 Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet the word of God.Ex. 31:13 is a sign between My word and you throughout your generations.Deut. 9:3 The word of God is a consuming fire.Deut. 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and by his word the world was created.Isa. 48:13 By My word I have founded the earth; and by my strength I have hung up the heavens.In these cases I think word is talking about his teaching - that which God spoke. In Jonathan Targum, the phrase "the word of god" occurs over 300 times. These verses of OT are significant:->>>My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within [with] you (Prov. 2:1 )<<<https://www.biblestudytools.com/lxx/proverbs/2-1.htmlBut if they are prophets, and if the word of the LORD is with them, let them now entreat the LORD of hosts (Jer. 27:18)But the word is very near you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may observe it (Deut. 30:14)Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within [with] You (Job 10:13)For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such decrees are with Him (Job 23:14).What is with the Almighty I will not conceal (Job 27:11).Jehoshaphat said, "The word of the LORD is with him." (2 Ki. 3:12)Also:-And wisdom was with thee; which knoweth thy works (Wisd. 9:9)All wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is with him for ever. (Sirach 1:1)
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