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The LORD knows all - Yediat Hakkol

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Adonai knows the way of the righteous

Psalm 1:6 (BHS)

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous (Psalm 1:6a KJV).

In Hebrew, the theological term "omniscience" is sometimes rendered yediat hakkol: "knowledge of everything." Adonai knows all of the birds and animals in the earth (Psalm 50:11); He knows when people sit down and rise up (Psalm 139:2); He even knows what people are going to say before they say it (Psalm 139:4).

But in addition to knowing all of the facts of reality, this pasuk (verse) tells us that Adonai also knows the way (derekh) of human beings. The word derekh means more than the objective facts that might constitute "the what" of a person's life (though that is obviously included), but involves an intimate knowledge of "the how" of that life. Derekh is the subjective way someone chooses to live their life: it is primarily a word having to do with a heart attitude and disposition of inner character.

The way is -- How

Adonai knows the way of the righteous (tsaddikim). The righteous one (tsaddik) genuinely trusts in Adonai's provision for justification and acceptance through the sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah as their personal kapparah (ransom) for sin. Adonai especially knows this inward heart attitude of the tsaddik since this constitutes the goal of His redemptive purposes: Adonai saves us in order to know us and to love us! Faith in His righteous way is our truth and our life (see John 14:6).



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