rick & 1j13
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Here's some discussion as we look at SHREWD and how it's used in Psalm 18:25-27:Continuing on, I think "He shows Himself" in a way that He'll be understood, and in that it's almost like the quote, but like we said, not as passive. Just doing some wordsearching this morning, and I found this word usage in Young's Literal Translation:

25 With the kind Thou showest Thyself kind,
With a perfect man showest Thyself perfect.
26 With the pure Thou showest Thyself pure,
And with the perverse showest Thyself a wrestler,
27 For Thou a poor people savest,
And the eyes of the high causest to fall.
-- Ps 18:25-27

Showing Himself as a wrestler is definitely not passive (caught part of WWE Raw last night, so this is fresh). In the NAS, it is rendered "show Yourself astute", which has a more intellectual quality to it than the other two. The Hebrew word here is "PATHAL", meaning to twist, to wrestle - to the crooked, God will show Himself "twisted"?

The next question, if this isn't a passive thing concerning how we see Him though our own preconceived notions, is to ask WHY God would want to be shrewd or "twisted"? My first thoughts are that He wants to be recognizable to people with that bent, but what about this: can He out-shrewd the shrewd? Would it be within His character to be able to outwit someone who lives by his/her wits, a schemer and conniver? I don't think God would "trick" anyone, but would He be able to maintain truth, mercy and integrity while "wrestling" with someone who just wouldn't get it any other way?
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