Preliminary list of essential synonyms for God’s Word

February 10, 2009 – 1:19 am

The major theme of Psalm 119 is God’s Word and love for His Word. Thus, the most important set of words in the psalm are words about God’s Word. Below is a preliminary list of these words. I say “preliminary” not so much because it is incomplete, but because I plan on defining them better. I also give a preliminary count of each word. I have not checked these counts in years, so will be confirming them later. But I feel they give us a good idea of the breadth of terms used. Lastly, I give the Strong’s concordance number, mainly to show that words that look the same in English are different in Hebrew. I figure the Strong’s number is more helpful then the Hebrew, and I am no Hebrew expert in any event.  These words originally came from the NASB, but in the future I will give what the NIV and ESV use to  translate these terms.

  1. law ( 8451 ) – used 25 times
  2. testimonies ( 5713 ) – used 13 times
  3. ways ( 1870 ) – used 3 times
  4. precepts ( 6490 ) – used 19 times
  5. statutes ( 2706 ) – used 19 times
  6. commandments ( 4687 ) – used 15 times
  7. judgments ( 4941 ) – used 20 times
  8. word ( 1497 ) – used 23 times
  9. word ( 565 ) – used 17 times
  10. testimonies ( 5715 ) – used 8 times.
  11. ways ( 734 ) – used 1 time.
  12. statutes ( 2708 ) – used 1 time.
  13. commandments ( 4487 ) – used 6 times.

So, almost all 176 verse have at least one of these words.  My hope is to define each of these words and compare and contrast them, but I wanted to list them out ahead of time so that we can be on the lookout for them as we read and study Psalm 119.

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