The Lord My Shepherd
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Raah (The Lord my Shepherd) is used in Psalm 23.
Variant spellings: Jehovah Rohi; Jehovah Ro’eh
TWOT Reference: 2185, 2186
Strong’s Reference: 7462
Jehovah-Raah in the Septuagint: kurios poimainei me…the Lord shepherds me
Meaning and Derivation
Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known”…this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rô’eh from which Raah derived, means “shepherd” in Hebrew. A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). An extend translation of this word, rea’, is “friend” or “companion.” This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are combined…Jehovah Raah…it can be translated as “The Lord my Friend.”
Further references of the name Jehovah-Raah in the Old Testament: Gen 48:15; Gen 49:24; Psa 23:1; Psa 80:1
A Reader saysJuly 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm
Thank you for sharing these insights. What a blessing.
Terry Morgan saysJuly 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm
it can be translated as “The Lord my friend”
And what a friend He is too. One thing I’m discovering in my growth in Christ: in order to get to the healing, I have to get through the pain, & it’s often wrapped in anger. I don’t enjoy being angry, but it became a coping mechanism & it too has to be dealt with – but so few people are capable of helping one is such a state.
I may never have but Him as a friend, but He’s all I need.
ROGER CHRISTIAN [Face Book] saysJuly 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm
*** (Hebrews 1:5-to-8) For to ‘which’ of the angels [None!] = did He [God] = say at ‘any’ time, = “You are My Son, = this day I [God] = have ‘begotten’ You [Jesus]?” = And again, = “I will be to Him [Jesus] a Father [God], = and = He [Jesus] = shall be to Me [God] = a Son?”
(Heb 1:6) And again, = when He [God] = brings in the First-born [Jesus] = into the world, = He [God] says, = “And let ‘all’ the angels of God = “WORSHIP” = Him [Jesus].”
(Heb 1:7) And of ‘the angels’ = He [God] says, = “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”
(Heb 1:8) But to the Son [Jesus] = He [God] says, = “Your throne, = O God [Jesus], = is forever and ever. = A scepter of ‘righteousness’ = is the scepter of = Your [Jesus] kingdom.
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