Sense: to declare (authority)
v. — to state emphatically and authoritatively
. . . who from the beginning declares the end, and from before, things that have not been done, who says, ‘My plan shall stand,’ and, ‘I will accomplish all my wishes,’
Isaiah 46:10 (LEB)
In this verse, God explains the power of his knowledge and his sovereignty. His power is so great that he can simply declare the end of a thing before it has happened. The use of the sense “to declare (authority)” is tied to the lemma נגד in this instance. The Bible Sense Lexicon also connects it to דבר and אמר. These lemmas are all fairly common, and they show a variety of senses in various contexts. In cases like this one, it is important to realize that the more common glosses of “say, reveal, and speak” do not express the meaning in context. God is not simply saying or speaking something—his words have authority and power. The more common senses of “speaking” and “saying” simply do not convey the full force of the usage here. Let this verse remind us of God’s power, teach us that he is in control of all things, and assure us that his plans will not fail.
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.
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