10 But Hashem is truly God: He is a living God, The everlasting King. At His wrath, the earth quakes, And nations cannot endure His rage.
va-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM e-MET hu e-lo-HEEM kha-YEEM u-ME-lekh o-LAM mi-kitz-PO tir-ASH ha-A-retz v’-lo ya-KHI-lu go-YIM za-MO
י וַיהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים אֱמֶת הוּא־אֱלֹהִים חַיִּים וּמֶלֶךְ עוֹלָם מִקִּצְפּוֹ תִּרְעַשׁ הָאָרֶץ וְלֹא־יָכִלוּ גוֹיִם זַעְמוֹ׃
10:10 But Hashem is truly God
Hashem has many names in the Bible, each representing a distinct divine attribute. In his book of sermons, I Submit, Rabbi David Stavsky explains the difference between the two divine names mentioned in this verse. Commenting on the words Hashem Hu Ha-Elokim (ה’ הוא האלהים) (I Kings 18:39), ‘But Hashem is truly God,’ Rabbi Stavsky uncovers a deeper lesson behind the use of these two names together. “The word Hashem (Lord) means rachamim, ‘mercy,’ ‘kindness,’ ‘forgiveness.’ The word Elokim (God) means midat hadin, ‘the God of judgement.’ At first, judgment seems harsh, cruel, punishing. But, no, we say they are together ‘Hashem Hu Ha-Elokim.’ In the Elokim, in the judgment, there is, was, and always will be Hashem. He is not just a God of judgment — for in His judgment is compassion and kindness — may we merit to understand it.”