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The Hebrew Word for “ONE”…and The Trinity

HEBREWHere’s something I stumbled on today that seemed worth sharing. 

Job 23:13 as translated in the ESV reads this way:

“But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back?  What he desires, that he does.”

The ESV footnote for “unchangeable” reads “or ‘one”.

The KJV reads:

“But he is in one mind, and who can turn him?  And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.”

Strong’s says that “in one mind” is the Hebrew H259, ekh-awd’

Why is that significant?  Because the foundation of Judaism and Islam is that God is One, and He has NO Son.  That doctrine is based on Deut. 6:4, which says :

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

And the Hebrew word translated “one” in Deut 6:4 is…you guessed it…same word, ekh-awd’, H259!

Look where else H259 crops up (among many others):

  • Gen 2:24 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one [H259] flesh.”  [UNITY OF TWO PERSONS]
  • Gen 3:22 “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us…”  [UNITY AMONG MANY]
  • Gen 11:1 “Now the whole earth had one language…” [UNITY OF MANY TONGUES]
  • Gen 29:20 “So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but   a few days…”  [A FEW DAYS…again H259]
  • Gen 34:22 [after the rape of Dinah]  “Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people…”  [UNITY OF TWO GROUPS, H259]
  • Gen 41:25 “The dreams of Pharaoh are one…”  [2 DREAMS WITH THE SAME MEANING, H259]

So you see that the Hebrew word “ekh-awd’,” Strong’s H259, does NOT contradict the fact of The Trinity.

Studying the Bible is fascinating and inspiring.