Story of two woman . . .

This is an interesting story of two woman.  Firstly, Queen Vashti’s refusal sounds defiant and dangerous to other woman.  The king afraid that all woman will rebell against there husbands, he sends out a new decree.    I really don’t know what the cascading effect of her defiance is; but it did open the door for another.

Esther 1:10–22 (ESV)

Queen Vashti’s Refusal

10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, 11 to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown, in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look at. 12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him.

13 Then the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for this was the king’s procedure toward all who were versed in law and judgment, 14 the men next to him being Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king’s face, and sat first in the kingdom): 15 “According to the law, what is to be done to Queen Vashti, because she has not performed the command of King Ahasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?” 16 Then Memucan said in the presence of the king and the officials, “Not only against the king has Queen Vashti done wrong, but also against all the officials and all the peoples who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. 17 For the queen’s behavior will be made known to all women, causing them to look at their husbands with contempt, since they will say, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, and she did not come.’ 18 This very day the noble women of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen’s behavior will say the same to all the king’s officials, and there will be contempt and wrath in plenty. 19 If it please the king, let a royal order go out from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes so that it may not be repealed, that Vashti is never again to come before King Ahasuerus. And let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she. 20 So when the decree made by the king is proclaimed throughout all his kingdom, for it is vast, all women will give honor to their husbands, high and low alike.” 21 This advice pleased the king and the princes, and the king did as Memucan proposed. 22 He sent letters to all the royal provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, that every man be master in his own household and speak according to the language of his people.

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The word Pray . . .

 

My Thoughts: I never really felt that words made a difference – overall in the Bible, I am not sure it makes that much of a difference; however, after discovering such important words such as, Pray, Love, God have are used so many different times per translation of the Bible, I am amazed how it does effect the impact the verses have on me.

I am a little blown away by the NIV adding words, such as pray or a version of the word.  It makes me more reserved in my trust of what is being said.  Like I mentioned, I have read both the ESV and the NIV and I did not come away with less of an impression of God, Jesus Christ, Heaven, or Hell.

If you know nothing of either version, the ESV (English Standard Version) is considered a word for word translation, the NIV (New International Version) is considered a “dynamic equivalence.”  So, if you really want to have a greater confidence with what was actually said, I would use the ESV.  The NIV is the bestselling Bible translation and is for a good reason, the reading is easier, mor poetic and flows more naturally.

The New International Version English Standard Version
Jn 17:1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. Jn 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
Jn 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, Jn 17:20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
Jn 18:1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Jn 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

Words have meanings . . .

 

A comparison of two of the version of one word; one verse Pray:

‎The New International Version ‎English Standard Version
‎‎Mt 9:38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” ‎‎Mt 9:38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

I have read, I believe, most if not all of both versions.  I cannot tell you that I think one version is better than the other, but I am amazed how different just in this one verse makes it so different.  I am amazed how so many of the same words are different between just these three versions.  I would think words like the ones below would not be changed or interpreted so differently.  How does this effect your understanding and/ or appreciation of the Bible?

Word AV ESV NIV
God 4717 4691 4528
Faith 465 450 356
Love 419 745 762
Hope 191 168 143
Hate 154 179 41
Pray 398 182 239

My Feelings

I copied in the first couple stanzas of her song because they hit me the most.  I don’t know if you are like me, but the lyrics really touched me as I go through my struggles.

The first line, letting go of every single dream, man, I still have trouble with that – letting go of them and trusting God to take care of me as he sees fit.  Every day, I have a prayer to restore me to a level of “success”, but that is my dream, maybe not his – so it makes me wonder, what is his plan for me, it has to be more than this, I pray and hope!

The next line that hits me is:  I have tried to win this war I confess, yes.  I’ve tried to do it all on my own, if it’s going to be, it’s up to me.  And, the next line, I am weary and need Your rest.  Yes, I am tired of hitting my head on the wall.

I really identified with the chorus, the needing to move mountains, part the waters, hear my crys, oh God, I get mad sometimes, why do I have to go through what I have gone through – can’t you just save me?  Yet, yet God is about love and faith and forgiveness and my gosh, do I doubt my God, I cannot fathom his plan, so I will trust, trust trust in Him.

Trust In You

Lauren Daigle

Letting go of every single dream

I lay each one down at Your feet

Every moment of my wandering

Never changes what You see

I try to win this war

I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest

Mighty warrior, king of the fight

No matter what I face You’re by my side

When You don’t move the mountains

I’m needing You to move

When You don’t part the waters

I wish I could walk through

When You don’t give the answers

As I cry out to You

I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You

Trust In You

Trust In You

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I try to win this war
I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest
Mighty warrior, king of the fight
No matter what I face You’re by my side

When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You

Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So let all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foudation
The rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood

When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You

Psalms 95:1-5 (ESV)

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

 

My thoughts:  I chose these verses today because of the enphasis on “let us make joyful noise. . .”   Joyful noise; “. . .let us make a joyful noice to him with songs of praise!”  I am not a joyful singer, infact, in Church, if I could, I would sit down during the singing part, just don’t enjoy it at all.  At one Church, I sat outside until I heard the singing end, then I would come in for the sermon.

But, today . . . it seems as though I understood what those lines were actually saying.  One way to escribe it would be to attribute it the moment when you gain the acceptance of the opposite sex.  That moment when you feel elated, a guy might actually whistle while he walked to his car or around his home.  People would say to him, you seem happier today.  Maybe the moment a woman finds they are pregnant, or the moment a couple gets married or the moments we recognize our God and how wonderful he is in our life and we want to sing out praise, not becuase we have to, because everyone else in Church is doing so, because we feel elated, blessed,