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Thursday, December 11 2014

Psalm 20: What Was Jacob's Name?

"We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the Name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions"

It's ironic that most of the famous people of Bible history would not recognize themselves by the names in other languages from which they are known to hundreds of millions of people. Examples from English translations:


  • Noah in the actual Hebrew is pronounced noe-awkh

  • Moses in the actual Hebrew is pronounced moe-sheh

  • Abraham in the actual Hebrew is pronounced awv-raw-hawm

  • Isaac in the actual Hebrew is pronounced yitz-tsawk

  • Jacob in the actual Hebrew is pronounced yaw-aw-kobe

  • Israel in the actual Hebrew is pronounced yis-raw-ale

  • Mary in the actual Hebrew is pronounced meer-yawm (i.e. Miriam; see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?)

Each of the renderings of the actual Hebrew names are further varied by the many tongues (i.e. languages; see the Fact Finder question below to understand the purpose of "speaking in tongues") into which the Holy Scriptures have been translated. Just a few examples (many other variants are used), using the Roman alphabet (keeping in mind that Greek, Arabic etc. have their own alphabets) for "Jacob" alone:

  • Jacob in English (Jacob itself is a variant of James)

  • Iacobus in Latin

  • Iakobos in Greek

  • Jakob in Dutch

  • Yakub in Arabic

  • Hakob in Armenian

  • Jaakko in Finnish

  • Jaak in Flemish

  • Jacques in French

  • Shamus in Irish

  • Giacomo in Italian

  • Yakov in Russian

  • Jacobo in Spanish

  • Yakup in Turkish

  • Yakiv in Ukrainian

  • Iago in Welsh

Many have also laid claim to the Name of God, in their own languages - as though the language that they happen to speak is the language that God spoke to humanity. But the LORD ("LORD" is an English rendering of the Sacred Name, of which we have only the four letters YHVH - from which many people have presumed many guesses as to how it was pronounced, from "Yahweh" to "Jehovah") is not limited to those who claim Him merely by His Name. Judgment is based upon behavior - in any language (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

"20:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; 20:2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 20:3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

20:4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. 20:5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

20:6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. 20:8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

20:9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call." (Psalm 20:1-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "speaking in tongues" really mean? When did it originate?
See The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man and The Original Tongues; see also The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus

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This Day In History, December 11

361: Julian (known as "the Apostate") entered Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) as sole Emperor of the then collapsing and fragmenting Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

630: Muhammad led an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca. The religion that he created, known as "Islam," quickly spread across the Middle East, Africa and southern Europe (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).

969: Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas was assassinated by his wife, Theophano, and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.

1205: John Grey, Bishop of Norwich, was elected Archbishop of Canterbury. He was later rejected by Pope Innocent III.

1640: English Puritans introduced the "Root and Branch" petition to the Long Parliament in London.

1688: King James II abdicated the British throne.

1792: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason.

1845: The Sonderbund was established by the 7 Catholic Swiss cantons to oppose anti-Catholic measures by Protestant cantons.

1845: In India, Sikhs crossed Sutlej and made a surprise attack on the British, starting the Anglo-Sikh War.

1899: During the second British-Boer War, the British under Methuen attempted to advance and were defeated with the loss of over 1,000 men by 9,000 Boers under Cronje at the Battle of Magersfontein.

1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi flew a kite fitted with an aerial from the Cabot Memorial Tower on Signal Hill in Newfoundland which enabled him to receive the world's first transatlantic radio message. Sent from Cornwall, England, it consisted of 3 dots, the Morse Code signal for the letter "s".

1917: British forces under General Edmund Allenby liberated Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1930: The Bank of The United States in New York failed and closed all of its 60 branches. The bank had over 400,000 depositors.

1931: Britain's Statute of Westminster gave complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Newfoundland.

1936: Britain's King Edward VIII told a radio audience that he was abdicating the throne to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward had reigned for only 11 months, the shortest reign since that of Edward V in the 15th century. George VI, father of Elizabeth II, became king.

1937: Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.

1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. then declared war on them. Poland declared war on Japan. Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Guatemala all declared war on Germany and Italy.

1941: Japanese forces occupied Guam.

1948: Newfoundland signed an agreement to become Canada's 10th province.

1955: Israeli forces attacked Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.

1961: Captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). He was hung in May of the next year.

1962: Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were hung at Toronto's Don Jail (Turpin murdered a Toronto police officer while fleeing an armed robbery; Lucas, who was a U.S. citizen from Georgia, murdered an undercover U.S. narcotics officer from Detroit while he was visiting Toronto). There were 710 executions in Canada between 1867 (when Canada became a self-governing member of the British Empire) and 1962 when the death penalty was abolished.

1967: The Concorde, a joint British-French development and the world's first supersonic airliner, was formally introduced in France.

1973: West Germany and Czechoslovakia signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich Pact which sanctioned Hitler's seizure of the Sudetenland.

1983: The first visit to Lutheran church by a pope was made by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

1991: European Community leaders signed the "Maastricht Treaty" which aimed for a common foreign policy and a single currency by 1999.

2001: China joined the World Trade Organization.

2008: Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme (some debt-swamped countries are using the same principle to delay economic collapse - using more borrowed money to just be able to pay the interest on the massive debt that they already have).


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