Thursday, April 19, 2012

Role of Women - Defined

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”~Gen.2:18

Many a person has gotten too caught up in the English translation of "helper" in this verse, suggesting that women were designed to be subservient right from the beginning of creation...this is a fallacy...

The Hebrew words used in the original text are "ezer kenegdo."

ezer - "to rescue, to save," "to be strong."

"Blessed are you, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the LORD?
He is your shield and helper
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.” Deut.33:29


“I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

This word "ezer" refers to God in every other instance in the Bible.

kenegdo - "corresponding to, counterpart to, equal to, matching," "face-to-face."

Combining the two words, "ezer kenegdo", the meaning could better be understood in the English language as "equal and complementary."

Women, in their true design, are mighty warriors, strong, helpful...
...made in the image of God
It is our heritage...
Don't ever forget it!

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