Bible Notes: Truth

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Hebrew: Psalm 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Hallelujah.

Psalm 117 is a benediction of only two verses. The second verse uses the divine attributes in Ex. 34:6 “The LORD, The LORD God …abundant in goodness and truth” but it creates separate statements about each attribute.

Truth in Hebrew is emet (eh-met) which has the qualities of faithfulness, firmness, and reliability, that which is established. Transcendent but also manifest in the world, the Biblical emet is conceptually akin to law and principle which are changeless and timeless structures of daily life. KJV translated Hebrew khesed as merciful kindness in Ps. 117:2, but in Ex. 34:6 it is goodness, and in 34:7 it is “keeping mercy unto thousands.”

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