Lost in translation: Inspiring Bible proverb gets new look

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One of the most famous and intriguing proverbs in the entire Bible is even more inspiring than it already is, because something amazing has been lost in translation.

That according to the author of a new book that probes the hidden content of Scripture to illuminate its meaning on the higher, Spirit level.

“Because the Bible was not originally written in English, occasionally there are passages that have had part of their meaning lost in translation,” says Joe Kovacs, author of the best-seller, “Reaching God Speed: Unlocking the Secret Broadcast Revealing the Mystery of Everything.” 

“But once we dig into the original language in which it was inked, we can unearth hidden gems that sparkle with clarity once examined.”

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(Image by sara graves from Pixabay)

The proverb in question states: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2 CSB).

The King James Version of the same verse indicates: “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

Kovacs, who is known for his “Shocked by the Bible” series, says: “On its surface, the verse already says something compelling, that God conceals things, and He is prompting His people to probe and uncover the mystery He has hidden.

“But there is something extraordinary hidden in the Hebrew language, and it is not well known among those in the English-speaking world. The word that is translated as ‘a matter,’ or as some Bibles put it, ‘a thing,’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘dabar.’

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(Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash)

“And what does ‘dabar’ actually mean in English? It means ‘the word’ and is translated as ‘word’ more than eight hundred times in Scripture.”

He explains what’s so significant is that even people first learning how to read Scripture understand that “the Word” is actually a name for the Creator God. For instance:

Actor Jim Caviezel portraying Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."
Actor Jim Caviezel portraying Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ.”

“In fact,” says Kovacs, “in the Old Testament, many instances of the word ‘dabar’ as ‘the word’ are actually referring to the Person who is called ‘the word of the LORD.'”

Here are two examples:

The author explains what’s so astonishing is that when ‘dabar’ is translated as it should be rendered in the proverb about God concealing things, it broadcasts a message with incredible new life.

He says a proper reading of the verse can be: “It is the glory of God to conceal the Word and the glory of kings to investigate the Word” (Proverbs 25:2).

“Here’s a translation that should shed even more light: ‘It is the glory of God to conceal JESUS and the glory of kings to investigate JESUS‘” (Proverbs 25:2).

“That’s right, folks,” says Kovacs. “This simple proverb about investigating things is not merely about probing into just any matter. It’s about investigating the Thing that really matters – the God named Jesus or Yeshua who hides Himself and ‘who fills all things everywhere with himself’ (Ephesians 1:23 NLT).

“It is the Creator’s glory to conceal Himself in pretty much everything, and it is our duty, honor, and glory to investigate the Maker, to seek God’s kingdom and search for His presence, even His personal presence that’s hidden inside us.”

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(Photo by Austin Chan on Unsplash)

“Now determine in your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God” (1 Chronicles 22:19 CSB).

“Seek, and you will find” (Luke 11:9 CSB).

“But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him” (Deuteronomy 4:29 NLT).

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(Photo by Justin W on Unsplash)

Endorsed by Chuck Norris and other Christian champions, “Reaching God Speed” is nothing short of a breakthrough work, as it probes God’s hidden messages embedded in popular movies, hit songs from (Adele and the Beatles to Frank Sinatra and Led Zeppelin), the stories we tell our children, everyday phrases we all say, historic news events, famous commercial campaigns, nature itself, and typical life activities such as such as inhaling every breath you take, sleeping, waking up and many more.

It features a myriad of stunning biblical revelations, as the book:

  • Solves with clarity three of the greatest mysteries in Scripture, unveiling the surprisingly simple meaning of “the beast,” “the number of the beast” and “the mark of the beast”
  • Easily explains how God embeds hidden messages forecasting the future in the physical, historical events recorded in Scripture
  • Examines the miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding, revealing why this famous event took place “on the third day,” why water was poured into six large containers, and why its instant transformation into the most perfect wine has a sublime meaning that goes far beyond what anyone has ever discussed
  • Unwraps the secret messages concerning the human birth of God, including the spirit significance of Jesus in a manger, the real reason the shepherds “returned,” and the never-trumpeted, majestic picture the entire story depicts for your own glorious future
  • Unmasks the miracle of the blind man healed by washing mud off his eyes. Clue: There’s something intriguing about the mud that becomes obvious when we connect the dots in Scripture
  • Reveals the incredible reason the Bible constantly mentions “three days” in both the Old and New Testaments. It goes far beyond the time Jesus spent in the heart of the earth.
  • Unveils the sublime, additional meanings emanating from “Let there be light” and “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” There’s much more to the beginning than you’ve ever imagined.
  • Illuminates the reason the darkness of night will ultimately be eliminated, and only never-ending light will exist
  • Broadcasts the never-before-trumpeted meaning of the Exodus out of Egypt. The ancient event in the days of Moses is actually a picture of something tremendous and glorious that’s still to come in your future
  • Explains the incredible meaning behind serpents crawling on their bellies
  • Dishes the astounding secret behind the Second Passover, and the fantastic future it holds for billions of people
  • Investigates the double meaning concerning “Doubting Thomas,” and the stunning good news it contains for everyone who’s ever doubted God or any Bible story
  • Announces the unheard, spirit meaning regarding raising children
  • Shines the light on why ancient Egyptians were paralyzed with three straight days of darkness, while God’s people in Goshen had light in their dwellings
  • Illuminates the surprising and inspiring meaning of a “darkness that can be felt” (Hint: it’s something you can do right this second)
  • Explains what Jesus specifically meant by “outer darkness”
  • Clearly reveals why the Bible repeatedly mentions pagan peoples such as Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Girgashites, Jebusites and Hivites. It goes far beyond these ancient tribes with tough-to-pronounce names, as it actually refers to certain people alive today with whom you deal every day
  • Tells why Scripture so often talks about thorns and thistles. They’re far more than just sharp prickers growing in your garden
  • Explores the untold meaning of the conflict between David and Goliath: it has gigantic significance that Sunday-school teachers seem to have missed
  • Fishes out astonishing secret messages God has embedded in the famous story of Jonah being swallowed by a great fish. The scales will finally fall off your eyes when you finally see what you’ve been missing. Plus hundreds more …

The book rocketed to the #1 position in several Amazon categories even before its official release Jan. 25.

“Reaching God Speed” is available now on Amazon and other booksellers, and you can learn much more information at ReachingGodSpeed.com.

Those wishing to contact or interview Joe Kovacs can email him here.


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