My Lent Words 40: Peace to live with

Finally, the Hebrew word shalom is often translated as ‘peace’ but it means more than that. It incorporates the ideas of wholeness and well-being.

‘When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going’ (2 Samuel 11:7)

Literally, the word shalom appears in this verse three times. David asks: Is Joab shalom? Are the soldiers shalom? Is the war shalom?

Two shaloms in a row are translated ‘perfect peace’.

‘You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.’ (Isaiah 26:3)

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