Sense of the Day: To Cause to Trust


Sense: to cause to trust

Definition: v. — to cause to have confidence or faith in.

Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord by saying, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

2 Kings 18:30

Usages of the Hebrew word bṭḥ that express the meaning “to cause to trust” bring up a question for us—in whom or in what are we causing another person to trust? Compare the use of bṭḥ in 2 Kings 18:30 above with the use in Jeremiah 28:15: “And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, ‘Listen, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie.’” In one case, Hezekiah has the opportunity to cause people to trust in the Lord, whereas Hananiah is causing the people to trust in a lie. A useful question to ask ourselves today is this—are we causing people to trust in the Lord or to trust in a lie?

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

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