My Lent Words 17: Still ….

The concepts of resting and quietness are a part of waiting. When, as I am frequently, I am restless, fidgety, noisy or impatient I’m not waiting properly.

‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.’ (Isaiah 30:15)

Modern writers have been taught that unless repetition makes a literary point it is best to find synonyms rather than repeat a word. This can lead to imprecise translation. There are many Hebrew words conveying the idea of silence, inaction or rest and many occasions when God encourages his people thus.

The Hebrew word hares means ‘awed silence’ as in the following:

‘The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.’ (Exodus 14:14)

The Hebrew word saqat means ‘remain quiet’:

‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.’ (Isaiah 30:15)

These two passages convey the same sense – sometimes you must leave everything to God. Nothing else is required. Just leave it to God.

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