Prophet Pearls #53 – Ha’azinu (2 Samuel 22:1-51)

Prophet Pearls - Ha'azinu (2 Samuel 22:1-51)In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Haazinu, which covers 2 Samuel 22:1-51. As Gordon and Johnson compare this portion to its parallel in Psalm 18, we learn more about the contexts of these living, breathing prayers and prophecies and the families of Levites who read and sang them in the Temple and in synagogues.

Gordon explains the rabbinical belief that scripture is a divine code—with hidden meanings based on variances in spellings—and gives his own explanation.  Related to these variances, we learn about “qere/ketiv”—the exacting margin notes left by scribes to determine if words should be read differently than they were written. Word studies include “sheol” and the special “and” used in this portion and elsewhere in the Tanakh.

In closing, Gordon prays for peace for the people of Israel and that people who cry out to Yehovah, wherever they are in the world, would feel his arm on their shoulders and know he is with them.

"Then David spoke to Yehovah the words of this song on the day when Yehovah had delivered him... from the hand of Saul." (2 Samuel 22:1)

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6 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #53 – Ha’azinu (2 Samuel 22:1-51)

  1. As an aside, Nehemia you must have had discussions about this but what does a ‘col’ do that gives it the ‘or’ ending (all non-British or non-linguists ignore this)

    As I was helped by your consistent anti-gnostic interpretation applied to the bible codes confirmed by how we should understand prophets/prophecies that it all should be true or we should, in this present age, ignore or debunk it.
    Your closing prayer brought alive Ps 18 for me and was a great blessing

  2. I am overwelmed by these teachings of Torah Pearls. Today I listened to 2 Samuel 22 and Deuteronomy 32. Thankyou for helping us to understand The Word of Yehovah and for increasing our Love for Him.

  3. Blessings to you all. I have studied for many years the New Testament and even have a Bachelors Degree in Theology but did not understand the relationship between “Old” and “New” Testaments until I started to listen to Truth 2 You and the Prophet pearls. After listening to your program since almost the beginning I have a better grasp on Truth and Faith and how the “whole” Bible is about Yahovah and His truth to His children whether Jew or stranger and I want to thank you all for pursuing the truth and present it in a way that is easily understood. Thank you – Lorraine

  4. Nehemiah, love what you do, don’t ever stop.

    I do want to point out, however, the finders of the Bible Codes (equidistant letter spacing) say it only applies to the Torah. I don’t necessarily believe Bible Codes, but I find them interesting and intriguing. We should at least judge these things in their correct context.

    Love your stuff!


  5. In the song of deliverance one should recon that Yehovah bows or bends the heavens/the universe to deliver his people.. It is known in the scientific community that to time travel one must fold the universe ” to bend” to “punch a hole as it may be said to time travel” the God of the universe will make such an event to deliver his people from the cries of injustices and to deliver them in time of their distresses, especially when calling upon his name; though he dwells in eternity, his deliverance is immediate.

    Shalom Benyahmeen

  6. Homework for those that believe in Yshua as the messiah is not a hard task since we are convinced all scripture is both literal and also prophecy…” Shadows of better things to come” and as also stated in Luke 24:44. The problem is hindsight is 20/20 vision and as believers we need to study to show ourselves approved to see our destiny. I know we see in a glass dimly but it is our duty to try to see as clearly as possible and escape those things that will soon come upon the earth. The Torah is a living and breathing entity not just words on a page and we should be respectful as such. One extra note it is amazing how the 288 singers ties into those in the book of Revelation of the eunuchs of 144,000 with harps… That opinion the 144,000 is male and female units…making 288,00… Composing a variation of harmonics between male and female… The spirit of Yshua is the spirit of prophecy as the book of revelation declares. One other thing…2nd Samuel 22 is different than Psalms 18 in that Psalms 18 says I will love you… These words declaring a future deliverance.
    Thanks Nehemiah for all your efforts!

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