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#91 Get Out of the Lease                                                                       August 3, 2011

I think the King James Version of the Bible, from the translation of 1611, is still the most honest rendering of the Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible that we have today in spite of the fact that new translations or versions seemingly appear on the market every year.  That’s because the King James Version, for the most part, clearly marks the English words that were added by the translators as they were translating the Greek and the Hebrew texts into a readable English form.  This was done by placing those added words, for the most part, into italic type.  That allows the reader, for the most part, to quickly recognize those added words and decide for themselves the validity of those additions.  That is not possible with the more modern and increasingly more popular versions of the Bible.

In working God’s Word from the King James Version however, it must be recognized that certain English words used in the King James Version have changed in meaning over the years and the archaic meaning of certain words in the King James Version must be understood rather than the modern meaning. A good example is found in the fifth Psalm.
Psalm 5:1-12:
1  Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
2  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4  For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5  The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6  Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man [emphasis added].
7  But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8  Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
9  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
10  Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. 
 

Verse 6 doesn’t seem to bode well for the landlords, does it?  Better not talk about leasing if you are one.  But before you sell off all your rental property, let me explain.  Although the modern definition of leasing pertains to a contract between an owner and a user of property, the archaic meaning is quite different.  The old English word leasing comes from the word leas which meant “false“.  The archaic meaning of leasing is lying or deceit.  The American Standard Version renders verse 6 as:
Thou wilt destroy them that speak lies: Jehovah abhorreth the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.

Simply understanding the archaic meaning of leasing doesn’t fully reveal the Truth of God’s Word in this verse.  That must be garnered from the context and from the context it is clear that the leasing being referred to was not something along the line of the proverbial fish story, where the fish that was caught gets bigger and bigger each time the story is told.  No!  The leasing of verse 6 refers to lying about the One True God.  God doesn’t care for (to put it mildly) those who lie about Him and deceive His people into trusting other gods -- be they demagogues or governments or religions or relics or anything else. 

I love verse 3.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Not look out on the world, not look down at yourself, not look around at others, but look up to God, our wonderful Heavenly Father and all that He has given in our Lord Jesus Christ.  That’s where the answers are and you find them in His Word. 

Why not get into His Word and get out of the lease?


© Stephen A Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893