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Has God Preserved His Words?
by Trey Searcy

Recently a listener wrote in to tell us of a radio teacher who said that Psalm 12:7 meant "God preserved a generation, not His words." The teacher insists that the word "them" in the verse refers to people.

Well, my response to that is, so where are they? Just where might I find these preserved people? Generations "pass" (Matthew 24:24), they are NOT preserved.

"The teacher also stated that the KJB 1611 footnote on Psalm 12:7 will back up their belief."

If the speaker is correct in saying that the word "them" in vs. 7 refers to people  and not "The words of the LORD", then verse 6 has no place in the entire chapter - as it does not support any of the remaining text of the chapter.

I looked up the original 1611 KJB, and on the very page where Psalm 12 is found, there most certainly IS a footnote placed there by the translators in reference to the second "them” in verse 7. The original footnote reads: Heb. him. i. every one of them. There is NO footnote for the first instance of the word "them" in verse 7, only the second instance.

In addition to this, the phrase “them from this” in verse 7 is translated from one single Hebrew word: "zuw" which is simply used as a demonstrative or relative pronoun - no gender can be independently assigned to the word without the support of the immediate context. In the verse preceding, which would be the immediate context - we are told of God's WORDS, not of "people." To make this pronoun refer to "people" - we would have to jump backward TWO verses.

Further, the definition is for the ENTIRE phrase, and not just for the word “them.”


Just like almost all of the Greek words from the NT, the Hebrew/Chaldean language has more than one definition for a word or phrase. This isn't an uncommon thing in any language - as we know, even in English, one single word can have several meanings - depending on context. For this reason, we cannot just simply “rely” on our own interpretation of the definitions for the various languages in which the scriptures were translated from. Unless we are certified scholars of these languages in their archaic forms - we have no business attempting to “interpret” them in the scriptures.

400 years ago, those languages were not as “archaic” as they are now. 400 years ago, there WERE 47 scholars of these languages, who worked in individual teams checking one another's work throughout the entire process - these scholars WERE qualified to translate God’s Words into the English language.

Just as these translators did not put their own “slant” on the words they translated - they also did not place their own definitions upon the words. The fact is: the defining of the single Hebrew word which translates into English as the phrase “them from this” - has more than one definition. The translators’ “footnote” includes more than one definition: “him” and “every one of them.”

The translators left it up to the reader to have the sense of understanding context. The context is written plainly in the previous verse (vs.. 6) as well as every verse preceding that verse (vs' 2-5).

Why on earth would someone assume that “them” is not referring to God’s words in verse 7?
Because they are attempting to support an agenda -that’s why.

The listener concludes by writing, "and the speaker said if "them" is referring to words, then why would the promise to preserve his word be only from that generation forever? What happened to the generations prior?"

What the speaker fails to see, is that God had words that were already penned prior to David's "this generation". When David wrote the Psalm he was referencing a particular generation of people at that time. So it would be normal for him to say it that way. Its not as if David didn't know that God had not preserved any words prior to him.

Beware of those who desire to TEACH something new, to gain itching ear followers that desire to HEAR something new.

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Today through careful study we will expose this for the lie that it is. We will prove that God not only gave but kept His word. He preserved "them" *WORDS* just as He promised.

This is a very serious subject - so serious that David said: "...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." (Psalm 138:2).
How important is God's word to Him? He places it "above" His "name".

Job said: "...I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." (Job 23:12).
To Job, the LORDS "words" were more necessary than food.

Today as we search for the meaning of Psalm 12:7, let's not lose sight and dishonor the context. Instead of diving straight in to the verse in question, let's carefully examine the entire chapter (the verses BEFORE and the verses AFTER).

Psalm chapter 12 beginning with vs.. 1:

1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
How do they fail? By
how they speak - as David explains in the following verses.

2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
*speak* used twice in this verse. *speak* = *words*
*flattering lips* = *speaking* = *words*

3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
*flattering lips* = *speaking* = *words*
*speaketh* = *words*

4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
*said* = *speaking* = *words*
*tongue* = *speaking* = *words*
*lips* = *speaking* = *words*

5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
*saith* = *speaking* = *words*

6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
*words* used twice in this verse.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
*them* = *WORDS*

8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
*men are exalted how?* = with *WORDS*
With "flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:"

If *them* = *people* ---- then where are those people today?
If *them* = *people* ---- then what about the context of the rest of the entire chapter being about *WORDS*?

Why would anyone attempt to pull context from one single verse (vs.. 5) by skipping over the next verse (vs.. 6)? By this you are totally ignoring the other five verses which contextually speak about *WORDS*. Why would anyone ignore six out of the eight verses in order to try to make verse 7 NOT be about *WORDS?*

The only verse in this entire chapter that doesn't deal directly with *words* is the first one.

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Contextually speaking, this entire chapter is about *WORDS.* Anyone who says otherwise is attempting to make the scriptures fit-their-beliefs, rather than making their beliefs fit-the-scriptures.

The bible is full of wonderful promises from God to preserve His words for ever. Not for a "little while", not for a "season", and not only in the "original autographs", but rather "for ever" and through multiple books and copies:

Isaiah 30:
8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
A "book" is made up of what? *Words*. This matches the Psalm 12:7 LORD preserving His words for ever.

Isaiah 40:
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
This ALSO matches the Psalm 12:7 LORD preserving His words for ever.

Notice how the following verses (same book same author - David) are also in perfect harmony with Psalm 12:7.
Psalm 111:
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
The "commandments" refer to *words*.

Psalm 117:
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
The "truth of the LORD" that "endureth for ever" has nothing to do with PEOPLE, but rather *words*.

Psalm 119:
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
*word*.
And don't miss an important truth. His "word" was "true from the beginning:".

Psalm 119:
89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
*word*
God’s "word" was settled before it was ever written. And for ever it will be "settled in heaven."

As believers our conversation is where?
- "our conversation is in heaven;"(Philippians 3:20).

If we don't have a bible that we can depend on to have preserved God’s words…. then we'd all better just shut up altogether.

Psalm 100:
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
"his truth" is His *words*. Sound familiar? Here is yet another one of the many matches to the Psalm 12:7 LORD preserving His words for ever.

Psalm 33:
11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
The LORDS thoughts were put into *words*.

1 Corinthians 2:
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

From this we learn that God's thoughts haven't been lost, but have stood for ever to all generations. How did God express "the thoughts of his heart"? In WORDS. However, "not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

If the person our listener brought to our attention would have honored the context, perhaps he/she would have arrived at a much different conclusion.

By what means did the LORD God preserve His holy words? Was it by preservation of the "originals"? Or was it successfully done by preserving accurate COPIES?

Would it surprise you if I told you that Israel's King ruled by using a "copy" of the law, and not the "original manuscript"?

"And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: (Deuteronomy 17:18).

Copies were trusted so much that even Israel's Kings were instructed to make their own personal copies, and were NEVER told that they could only rely on the "originals":

I was certainly surprised when first learning this truth. It set me free from thinking that since no one on the planet today had the "original manuscript", then no one had God's perfectly preserved words. That myopic point of view had only obscured my spiritual vision. Although I had always believed that the final authority was God's word, I didn't believe I actually HAD God's word. This presented quite the conundrum. Learning that God had preserved His word by faithful and accurate copies changed everything!

Even King Solomon's proverbs were preserved through COPIES, not the "originals" 

Proverbs 25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

In closing we will take a final look at the passage in question:

Psalm 12:
6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

When we honor the context it becomes rather evident that the "them" here is clearly in reference to *WORDS* and not a generation.
Generations "pass" (Matthew 24:24) they're not preserved.

Since the new *corrupt* bible (per)versions have incorrectly changed verse 7 to refer to *people* rather than *words* (just as the speaker in question has done) - then it is likely safe to assume that the reinterpretation of this verse is just an attempt to promote the erroneous Westcott & Hort manuscripts. 

Psalm 12 has nothing to do with a generation of people being preserved as this study has proven.

And as far as the "originals", not to worry. God used believers who were faithful in making accurate copies. And while they were not perfect people, they were guided perfectly.

Conclusion: It is clear that Psalm 12 is David speaking of the LORD'S promise to preserve his *words* "for ever".

So what say you? Is God able to keep His promise?

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Remember, you only get two educations,
the one you're given, and the one you give yourself.



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