Has God Preserved His
by Trey Searcy
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.
response to that is, so where are they? Just where might I find
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."
speaker is correct in saying that the word "them" in vs. 7 refers
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
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
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?"
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.
those who desire to TEACH something new, to gain itching ear followers that
desire to HEAR something new.
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
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
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
12 beginning with vs.. 1:
1 Help, LORD;
for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of
How do they fail? By
speak - as David explains in the following
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* =
*flattering lips* = *speaking* =
3 The LORD
shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud
*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
*said* = *speaking* = *words*
*tongue* = *speaking* = *words*
*lips* = *speaking* =
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
*saith* = *speaking* =
6 The words
of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven
*words* used twice in this verse.
7 Thou shalt
keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for
*them* = *WORDS*
8 The wicked
walk on every side, when the vilest men are
*men are exalted how?* = with
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*?
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
The only verse in this entire chapter that doesn't deal directly
with *words* is the first one.
speaking, this entire chapter is about *WORDS.* Anyone who says otherwise is
attempting to make the scriptures fit-their-beliefs, rather than making their
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:
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
A "book" is made up of what? *Words*. This
matches the Psalm 12:7 LORD preserving His words for
The grass withereth, the flower
fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for
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.
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
The "commandments" refer to
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward
us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the
The "truth of the LORD" that "endureth for
ever" has nothing to do with PEOPLE, but rather
160 Thy word is true from the beginning:
and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for
And don't miss an important truth. His "word" was "true from the
For ever, O LORD, thy
word is settled in heaven.
God’s "word" was
settled before it was ever written. And for ever it will be "settled in
As believers our conversation is
conversation is in heaven;"(Philippians
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
For the LORD is good; his
mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all
"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.
The counsel of the LORD
standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all
The LORDS thoughts were put into
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
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
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
Would it surprise you if I told you that Israel's
King ruled by
using a "copy" of the law, and not the "original
"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:
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
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
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
In closing we will take a final look at the passage in
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
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 &
Psalm 12 has
nothing to do with a generation of people being preserved as this study has
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
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?
Remember, you only get two educations,
the one you're given, and the one you give