Psalms 117:2
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2  for great is His steadfast love toward us; the faithfulness of Hashem endures forever. Hallelujah.

KEE ga-VAR a-LAY-nu khas-DO ve-e-met a-do-NAI l’-o-LAM ha-l’-lu-YAH

ב  כִּי גָבַר עָלֵינוּ חַסְדּוֹ וֶאֱמֶת־יְהֹוָה לְעוֹלָם הַלְלוּ־יָהּ׃

 117:2   For great is His steadfast love toward us

In this short psalm we learn of the interaction of two seemingly contradictory attributes of Hashem: Chesed (חסד), ‘mercy,’ which is translated here as ‘steadfast love,’ and emet (אמת), ‘truth.’ Each of these seems to annul the other, as it is often the case that in truth, a person does not deserve mercy. Yet the psalmist clearly highlights both at the same time. On the one hand, the quality of mercy is more pronounced in this verse, since it is described as “great”. On the other hand, the concluding words of the verse herald the truth of God, which endures forever. Perhaps the two ideas are not as contradictory as it first appears, as a life dedicated to kindness and mercy ultimately engenders a legacy of eternal truth.

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  • 117:2 For His mercy is great toward us

    In this psalm we are told there are two seemingly contradictory attributes of God. I read it several times and I just do not understand were you see that coming from. Perhaps this 63 year old brain is to dried out to see it but the two concepts just go together and make a lot of logical sense to me. After all our God is a Logical and Loving God. Logic and Love go together. Even Vulcan's understand that. kindness and truth.They to me just go hand in hand. Kindness, truth, mercy, all attributes of God's Truth. God perfect Truth. No problem to me in my understanding. The truth of God endures forever. Well yes, does not God by His very nature endure forever. The same yesterday, today as well as tomorrow. This is without question to me, Well to All of God's children at least I would come to believe.

    The phrase engenders a legacy of truth for eternity. I love that statement. So true. Think about it. The legacy of God.In written form, from the so called big bang to the appearance of the Messiah. How many books How many volumes. How many library buildings and planets would it fill. Oh for the Love and Truth and mercy of our Lord Thy God. Amen. Carl

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