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Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
In preparation for this lesson I was thinking about how to present this passage. It then crossed my mind that to explain an unfolding of Gods words it might become easier to proceed with a definition of fold.
FOLD; FOLDING: 1.To lay in plaits or folds. 2.To clasp together; as to fold ones hands; 3.to lay close to the body; as a bird folds its wings 4.To enclose; surround to become plaited or doubled. 5. To fail completely; collapse. 6. That which is folded together or which infolds. 7. A pen for sheep. 8. A flock of sheep; figuratively the church.
I thought of a reverent placing together of one’s hands in prayer but as I soon found out the clasping of hands together was anything but reverent.
Biblical usage: fold fold’-ing (verb; chabhaq, sabhakh; helisso):
The verb occurs only 3 times in the King James Version, and in each instance represents a different word; we have chabhaq “to clasp” (Ecclesiastes 4:5), “The fool foldeth his hands together” Ecc. 4:5 The fool folds his hands and ruins himself (compare Proverbs 6:10-11);10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. cabhak, “to interweave” (Nahum 1:10,10 They, [the residents of Ninivah; with whom God was angry], will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble “folded together as thorns,” the English Revised Version “like tangled thorns” the American Standard Revised Version “entangled like thorns”; see ENTANGLE); helisso “to roll or fold up” (Hebrews 1:12, 12 You will roll them, [The heavens and the earth], up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” quoted from Psalms 102:26 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. (Septuagint), the Revised Version (British and American) “As a mantle shall thou roll them up”). Folding occurs as translation of galil, “turning” or “rolling” (1 Kings 6:34 He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets.bis, folding leaves of door
To clasp together: this is what my favorite Bible expositor John Gill has said about Ecc 4:5─ The fool folds his hands together and ruins himself. In order to get more sleep, or as unwilling to work; “he folds his hands in summer, and will not labor;” Some persons, to escape the envy which diligence and industry bring on men, will not work at all, or do any right work, and think to sleep in a whole skin; this is great folly and madness indeed: and eats his own flesh;
such a man is starved and famished for want of food, so that his flesh is wasted away; or he is so hungry bitten, that he is ready to eat his own flesh; or he hereby brings to ruin his family, his wife, and children, which are his own flesh, ( Isaiah 58:7 )
Again referring to John Gill he says about Nahum 1:10− Like them, useless and unprofitable, harmful and pernicious, fit only for burning, and, being bundled together, are prepared for it; and which is not only expressive of the bad qualities of the Ninevites, and of the danger they were in, and what they deserved; but of the certainty of their ruin, no more being able to save themselves from it, than a bundle of thorns from the devouring fire: dead drunk, no more able to help themselves than a drunken man that is fallen; or who were as easily thrown down as a drunken man is with the least touch; though there is no need to have recourse to a figurative sense, since the Ninevites were actually drunk when they were attacked by their enemy, as the historian relates; that the king of Assyria being elated with his fortune, and thinking himself secure, feasted his army, and gave them large quantities of wine; and while the whole army were indulging themselves, the enemy, having notice of their negligence and drunkenness by deserters, fell upon them unawares in the night, when disordered and unprepared, and made a great slaughter among them, and forced the rest into the city, and in a little time took it: easily, inevitably and irrecoverably.
John Gill on Hebrews 1:12─ In order to lay them [the heavens and earth] aside, and make no use of them in the manner they now are; just as clothes, when they are grown old, or out of fashion, are folded up, and laid aside from use at present, or are put into another form. In the Hebrew text it is, “as a vesture shall thou change them”; but the sense is the same, for a garment is changed by folding it, or turning it; to which Jarchi interprets the Hebrew phrase like this,“as a man turns his garment to put it off;” And they shall be changed; as to their form and use, not as to their being; for a change, and an annihilation, are two things: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail; which is expressive of the immutability of Christ, in his nature and perfections, in his person, and offices, in the virtue of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; and of his duration or continuance, in opposition to the fading and transitory nature of the heavens and earth, and of all outward enjoyments: and this may serve to take off the heart from the one, and set it upon the other; and to strengthen our faith in Christ, and encourage us to expect a continuance of blessings from him; all supplies of grace now, and eternal glory hereafter.
Gill on 1kings 6:34─The posts were of olive, but the doors of fir, and they were both folding doors, as appears by what follows: which, taking up less room, made the passage wider.
Now that an attempt at understanding a definiton of fold or folding has been dealt with, in the next lesson the Unfolding of Gods words we be our subject.
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