Dissection of a Scripture
The text was taken from a letter written to Margaret O’Quinn. The Definitions are the Hebrew words as they appeared in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*.
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Revelation of a scripture context:
It seems when we are deepest in our trials and know that Jesus gave us the authority to overcome even though the outward appearance doesn’t seem to match this, we can’t seem to feel God there. The center reference of my bible said that “he will rest in his love” could be translated “be silent”. When the battle looks the worst and you are crying out to God, He is still there, He is just resting in His love for you because you desire Him, you desire to trust in Him. Look at all of these definitions and deepen your knowledge of God’s love for you.
save = 3467. yasha’, yaw-shah’; a prim. root; prop. to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by impl.) to be safe; casuat. to free or succor:-X at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.
rejoice = 7797. saws, soos; or says, sece; a prim. root; to be bright, i.e. cheerful:- be glad, x greatly, joy, make mirth, rejoice.
joy = 8057. simchah, sim-khaw’; from 8056; blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival):- x exceeding (-ly), gladness, joy (-fulness), mirth, pleasure, rejoice (-ing).
love = 160. ‘ahabah, a-hab-aw’; fem. of 158 and mean. the same:-love. 158. ‘ahab, ah’-hab; from 157; affection (in a good or a bad sense):-love(-r). 157. ‘ahab, aw-hab’; or ‘ahab, aw-habe’; a prim. root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise):-(be-) love (-d, -ly, -r), like, friend.
joy = 1523. gayl, hheel; or (by perm.) gawl, gool; a prim. root; prop. to spin round (under the influence of any violent emotion), i.e. usually rejoice, or (as cringing fear: – be glad, joy, be joyful, rejoice.
singing = 7440. rinnah, rin-naw’; from 7442; prop. a creaking (or shrill sound), i.e. shout (of joy or grief):- cry, gladness, joy, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, sing (-ing), triumph.
Now that you have the full meanings of each word the scripture can be better written.
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will preserve, give victory, he will greatly joy, make mirth over thee with pleasure and joy; he will rest in his love, the affection of a lover, he will be joyful over thee with rejoicing, shouting, proclamation, singing.
Written by P.C. Mertes, 1993
*Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Riverside Book and Bible House, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126.