Hebrew Voices #50 – My Favorite Bible Verse

Young boy reading the Bible in bed.In Hebrew Voices, My Favorite Bible Verse, Nehemia Gordon talks about the first verse his father ever taught him, and why he suspects his favorite verse might have also been one of Yeshua’s favorites, and quite possibly the last words on Yeshuah's lips. This episode is available as a video and as a podcast.

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Deuteronomy 6:4
Psalm 22:2

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15 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #50 – My Favorite Bible Verse

  1. Shalom, I just want to correct Nehemiah on a statement he made with reguards to the Pesthita.

    1. the Eli Eli lamana sabaktani passage is found in Matthew and Mark, not Matthew and Luke.

    2. The Peshitta in Matthew only has the statement one, and not twice. It is only in Mark where you have the phrase occurring twice. And I actually am glad it done this, because this actually does 2 things. it demonstrates that 1. Matthew isn’t borrowing from Mark or vice-versa. and 2. that the translator of one one book and the translator of the other are not the same (no matter which direction you think the translation is occurring). and 3. From my perspective, this convinces me more that the Peshitta comes before the Greek.

    This is due to the fact that the Greek parallels differen dramatically, both how the Aramaic is transliterated and how the it is tranlated is different. Wheras in the Peshitta, the Aramaic of word for word for the first time the phrase is used. The second time the phrase occurs, Mark has Elohi Elohi lamana shabaqtani (which is the exact same transliteration scheme Greek mark follows for it’s Aramaic line).. If you look at OSS (Old Syriac Siniaticus, it’s Aramaic has the sentences only once in both gospels, and follows exactly how the Greek transliteration would have the words being if they were written in Aramaic, and it is agreed by all sides that OSS is a translation and/or Redaction of the Greek (and closely related to a particular Codes of the Western text-type tradition in particular).

  2. Why would Yeshua not speak the Shema since he was returning back to the Father. Eli, Eli would also be saying asking his Father why have you separated yourself from me? Otherwise, Yeshua with the word forsaken would feel this separation from His Father and would feel forsaken. Again, Yeshua was returning into eternity from time back to his rightful place at the right had of His Father where He always had been. Yeshua was echad with the Father while on earth and in Heaven. The only time there was any separation was at the cross.

  3. Nehemia,

    I have heard so many wonderful stories, and some heart wrenching ones, in memory of the saying of the Shema. But no one explains why the Jewish children are taught to say the Shema with their hands covering their eyes.

    I have seen pictures of grown men still covering their eyes. Always brings me to tears remembering the Messiah Yeshua’s sound advice to always come to Yehovah as a child. What an amazing love.

    Could you please share what you were taught?

  4. The scripture most dear to my heart is Isaiah 56:6-7 which is an invitation to all gentiles being from Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. so that they may come to the knowledge of the Yehovah the Creator of the Universe.

    “Also the son of the gentile, that join themselves to the Yehovah, to serve him, and to love the name of the Yehovah, to be his servants, every one that keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and takes hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer”

    Oh, Yehovah teach me to walk in your ways, obey your voice, seek your face and delight in doing your will.

    A final tribute to Gene Wilder and is love of Torah in “The Frisco Kid”
    https://youtu.be/ekmo8EacU70

  5. Trust in Yehovah with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
    Know Him in all your ways, And He makes all your paths straight.
    Proverbs 3:5-6

  6. This was a GREAT idea, Nehemia.

    My favorite Tanach verses are – DEUTERONOMY 30:19 – “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therfore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed.” Followed equally by … ISAIAH 1;19 – “If you repent and obey, then you will eat the best of the land.”

    I have a very special one in the Book of Hebrews, too, but I guess this isn’t the moment to share that &: >

    • Oh! After watching the video, I see that we can venture into the B’rit Chadashah … so, even though it feels like I have chosen all of my life to live according to the above verses, still it felt like I was born with a powerful curse over my life, from even before I came out of the womb, as my father left my mother before I was born, and things have just continued to work out similarly my entire life. I call it the “Almost, but not quite” curse, always having almost enjoyed beautiful blessing, yet it was always snatched away in the end before it could come into 100% fruition. After a traumatic mid-life divorce, I took full realization of the curse, and … well, I bound it away from me, but I will tell the story another time. In order to survive the divorce and find the strength to keep on living, the following verse ministered to the deepest parts of me, and became my very most important verse in the Bible besides the above. Here it is … in the “TRUSTING” passage of Hebrews 11 regarding our forefathers and mothers … especially 13-16 …

      “All these people kept on trusting until they died, without receiving what had been promised. They had only seen it and welcomed it from a distance, while acknowledging that they were aliens and temporary residents on the earth. For people who speak this way make it clear that they are looking for a (homeland). Now if they were to keep recalling the one they left, they would hav an opportunity to return; but as it is, they aspire to a better (homeland) and, a heavenly one. This is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”

      And, oh, I simply cannot leave out this one … I YOCHANAN 4:10 …

      “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us …”

      • And lastly, in addition what I have written below, and if you have read it, you may understand why …

        “And the LORD said unto Aaron: ‘Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any portion among them; I am thy portion and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.” (Deut. 18:20 JPS)

        “JPS Tanakh 1917
        After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying: ‘Fear not, Abram, I am thy shield, thy reward shall be exceeding great.'” (Gen. 15:1 JPS)

  7. Yehshua said to him, “T’oma, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” John 20:29

  8. Joshua 24:14 Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.

    This is our purpose, this is why we are here…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD! You just gotta love Joshua 🙂

  9. Gal enai veabitah niflaot mitoratecha Open my eyes that I may see the wonderful, hidden things in your Torah. Psalm 119,18 ( I hope my tansliteration of the Hebrew is somewhat correct).

  10. “Teach me Your way, Yehovah; I will walk in Your truth;
    Unite my heart to fear Your name.
    I will praise You, Yehovah my Elohim, with all my heart,
    And I will glorify Your name forevermore.”
    Psalm 86:11-12

  11. My favorite Bible verse is Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The reason it’s my favorite is that it is the one verse that everything else in the Bible depends upon.

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