Learning Biblical Hebrew
7/23/09 at 03:48 PM 0 Comments

Isaiah 62 – A new name for Jerusalem-A new massage to the world!

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When Isaiah the prophet spoke about Jerusalem it seemed to be that the fire was burning in his eyes. The most notable chapter is in the end of this extraordinary book - Isaiah 62.Jerusalem, that was known in the old ages as the center of the world, and steel until today is the center of the three monotheistic religions, is the place where the instructions of The Lord flow over to the world, as written in the beginning of Isaiah (2:3)-

"כִּי מִצִּיּוֹן תֵּצֵא תוֹרָה, וּדְבַר-יְהוָה מִירוּשָׁלָם"

"for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem"

It need to said that from the central part of the cycle all of the points get the same value and amount of the grace of The Lord, and this is the meaning of the prophecy, my dear friends, all should come from the same origin, and all of us can enjoy the serving of God , if we just behave and be good to humanity!

The change of the name

Every time whenever I am reading the words of Isaiah, I am trying to see him standing in the gates of Jerusalem, screaming his words, telling to the people to listen, and without any microphone, the words comes to all of the world. In chapter 62 the great words are so simple by using the change of the name of Jerusalem, as written:

"לֹא-יֵאָמֵר לָךְ עוֹד עֲזוּבָה, וּלְאַרְצֵךְ לֹא-יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שְׁמָמָה--כִּי לָךְ יִקָּרֵא חֶפְצִי-בָהּ....... הִנֵּה יְהוָה, הִשְׁמִיעַ אֶל-קְצֵה הָאָרֶץ, אִמְרוּ לְבַת-צִיּוֹן, הִנֵּה יִשְׁעֵךְ בָּא; הִנֵּה שְׂכָרוֹ אִתּוֹ, וּפְעֻלָּתוֹ לְפָנָיו. וְקָרְאוּ לָהֶם עַם-הַקֹּדֶשׁ, גְּאוּלֵי יְהוָה; וְלָךְ יִקָּרֵא דְרוּשָׁה, עִיר לֹא נֶעֱזָבָה"

"neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah....Behold, Jehovah hath proclaimed unto the end of the earth, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. And they shall call them The holy people, The redeemed of Jehovah: and thou shalt be called Sought out, A city not forsaken"

In order to say what was and what will be, you don't have to make so much efforts, you just change the meanings, your intentions from being like in the desert to be as you want things, like The Lord wants Jerusalem so much that he is calling her "Hephzibah" , that means that he wants her , he need her.After the end of the days, the eschatology, we will all feel wanted and needed in this world. May this days will come without the wars, with the peace and then we will say that the vision in the beginning of Isaiah 2 will happen!

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew    Transcription   Translation
צִיּוֹן           tsîōn               Zion
שָׁלוֹם        šālōm              Peace
שֵׁם           šēm               Name
חֵפֶץ         hēpets             Desire, Wish
דָּרוּשׁ        dārûš              Wanted
שְׁמָמָה      šəmāmāh         Wilderness


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