by Wayne Blank
An example of "God speed" in the Old Testament was when Abraham's servant prayed for success when he was sent to find a wife for Abraham's son Isaac (see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience). The original Hebrew word translated as "speed" in this verse is (pronounced) caw-raw, and means to land upon, or to bring about:
"And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray Thee, send me good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham." (Genesis 24:12 KJV)
The servant's prayer was answered.
"And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother" (Genesis 24:15 KJV)
In the New Testament, the apostle John spoke of "God speed" in another way - that those who are antichrist not be blessed with it. The original Greek word translated as "speed" in these verses is (pronounced) kaw-ee-row, and means to be cheerful, or to be well.
"And this is love, that we walk after His Commandments. This is the Commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." [see The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment]
Fact Finder: Were the apostles empowered to pronounce a curse upon those who pervert the Gospel?