Prov 22:1 “A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth.”
Announcing the name change to
TRUTHFUL LOVING KINDNESS
A name represents individuality and personhood of the being
… and I have enjoyed (my name) for 50 years,
so why change it?
On 03 Jan 2006, I chose Proverb 3:3 for a word study.
As I researched the words “chesed v’emet”
I realized that these words clarify my life goal of relecting G0D’s kind of love.
TRUTHFUL: The Hebrew word, EMETH (aka “emet”), has stability or reliability as its basic meaning. This is not only verbal truth, but a state of being. It is truth as a life-style; to be transparent and reliable not only in speech but in actions; to be trustworthy; to be what we are created to be & fulfill our potential.
i really like the note that the reliability of “emet” is likened to the reliability of rain clouds bringing … rain (forget the source).
So … a bit different from our usual concept of “truth”, this is RELIABILITY.
… and the first Hebrew letter of the word emet/emeth is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet,
the last letter of the word is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet,
and the middle letter of the word is the middle letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so …
= the entirety of something. — in this case the entirety of “chesed”.
LOVING-KINDNESS: The Hebrew word CHESED (aka “hesed”) describes kindnesses shown to friends and relatives. But if there is no formal relationship, the person exercising loving kindness has chosen to treat the recipient as if such a relationship did exist.
Focus of Loving Kindness is on the individual. It looks at persons and circumstances of life through the eyes of the Divine.
My life goal is to reflect G0D’s
Truthful Loving Kindness
Prov 3:3 says “Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” — Prov 3:3 per New English Translation (NET). Their exegetical note for the verse is: The two words (“mercy” and “truth”) form a nominal hendiadys, the second word becoming an adjective; “faithful covenant love”, or “loyal [covenant] love and faithfulness.
2014 My friend Skip Moen, PhD (Dean at Master’s International Divinity School for more than a decade) wrote this entry >> https://skipmoen.com/2014/04/truth-justice-and-the-american-way/ ;
2014 Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild (Progressive Judaism) at >> https://rabbisylviarothschild.com/2014/12/29/vayechi-chesed-veemet-acknowledging-truth-allows-us-to-offer-our-compassion-fully/ ;
Rabbi Russ Resnik (Messianic) at >> https://www.rivertonshul.org/mussar-blog/loving-kindness/chesed-and-truth ;
Part 3 Bits-n-Pieces Index Page (unfinished) at https://truthfulkindness.com/bnp/part-3/
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