Sense of the Day: To Show Glory

SOTD-SocialShare-612x612Sense: to show glory

v. — to display one’s glory or make one’s glory known.

Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified (פאר) in Israel.

Is 44:23 (NRSV)

Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it; For the LORD has redeemed Jacob And in Israel He shows forth His glory (פאר).

Is 44:23 (NASB)

In today’s example verse, we find an interesting translation issue. Both the NRSV and ESV render the final phrase involving פאר to mean that YHWH will “be glorified” in Israel, whereas the NASB and NIV have YHWH “displaying” his glory in Israel. The Bible Sense Lexicon corresponds to the NASB and NIV renderings. This is a subtle difference and not easy to decide on if we follow out the concordance entries in the BSL. For every occurrence of פאר annotated as “to show glory” in the BSL, translations are split between the “be glorified” and “show glory” renderings.  As one other example, in Isaiah 61:3 the split is NRSV and NIV as “display glory” and NASB and ESV as “be glorified.”  Here the BSL is only one voice among many; however, following out the concordance listings along with looking at the text comparison tool with a number of different translations does clue us in to the fact that checking out the secondary literature, such as commentaries and translation handbooks, may be worthwhile here.

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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