Friday, September 16, 2011

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46:10, KJV
Be still, and know that I am God....
I always thought it meant to sit quietly and meditate and realize that God is in control.

But reading it in a different version, the Holman Christian Standard Version, I find a different slant:
Stop [your fighting]—and know that I am God....
And looking at it in the Young's Literal Translation:
Desist, and know that I [am] God....
When we put the verse in context, it looks like maybe Holman's has it right:

8 Come, see the works of the LORD,
who brings devastation on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
He burns up the chariots.

10 "Stop [your fighting]—and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth."

11 The LORD of Hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

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