Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Zech 12:2

Zec 12:2
Behold, I will make Jerusalem
a cup of trembling unto all the
people round about, when they
shall be in the siege both against
Judah [and] against Jerusalem.

Behold, I will make
[07760] suwm
Jerusalem [03389] Y@ruwshalaim
a cup
[05592] caph
of trembling
[07478] ra`al
unto all the people
[05971] `am
round about,
[05439] cabiyb
when they shall be in the siege
[04692] matsowr
both against Judah
[03063] Y@huwdah
[and] against Jerusalem.
[03389] Y@ruwshalaim

Caph is the word translated as "cup". It's an
interesting choice and use of this word. It
appears exactly 32 times in the OT, and each time,
the word takes on a slightly deeper meaning.

While superficially representing an utilitarian
object, whether being a drinking cup, or doorpost,
it has an altogether more comprehensive and
spiritual context, even mystical coding, LITERALLY.

I usually don't like to tread into kaballah territory
but in certain instances, the words do have that
complexity of meaning, down to each letter
deepening the overall passage.

Lexicon Results for caph (Strong's H5592)
Hebrew for H5592




saf (Key)

Part of Speech

masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

from H5605, in its original sense of containing

TWOT Reference

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) a spreading out, basin, goblet, bowl

a) basin, goblet

2) threshold, sill

a) threshold, sill, door-keeper

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 32

This complexity in use is seen in the most
common use of the word which is for door
and gate. It is specific not to any door or
gate, but, to the order of the high priesthood
and gates of the holy temple:

2Ki 23:4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest ,
and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the
door caph, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD

1Ch 9:19 And Shallum the son of Kore , the son of Ebiasaph ,
the son of Korah , and his brethren, of the house of his father,
the Korahites , [were] over the work of the service , keepers
of the gates caph of the tabernacle : and their fathers ,
[being] over the host of the LORD, [were] keepers of the
entry .

In this entry, caph is used for holy basins
in the temple:

Jer 52:19 And the basons caph, and the firepans , and the bowls
, and the caldrons , and the candlesticks, and the spoons,
and the cups ; [that] which [was] of gold [in] gold ,
and [that] which [was] of silver [in] silver , took
the captain of the guard away .

In fact, caph is only used to denote the word
translated as "cup" in this one verse in Zechariah,
so it has to be dealt with appropriately. Did the
translators use the wrong word to convey the
English meaning?

The conventional Hebrew biblical word for
a prosaic drinking cup is this word, "Kowc"

Hebrew for H3563



Even though the word "cup" is used
to provide a common biblical theme
of "cup of wrath"... I think that when
studying the Hebrew, the more accurate
concept is that Jerusalem is going to be
the gateway of judgement from which
the entire world will be tried.

Just as "caph" is primarily used as a
word associated with the Temple's
holiest gates, wherein the priests of
the highest order could access, Christ
is our High Priest, and this allegorical
image is applied to prophetic eschatology
at the end.

The basin in the temple was used for
ablution and cleansing the sacrifice,
and this was also designated as "caph"
so again the context of the word is
contemporaneous with ceremonial
entry of the Holy of holies which is
now synonymous with Christ's mercy
seat where we can now access through
his blood sacrifice. (That was another
use of the word "caph" for the posts of
the altar wherein the blood of the
slain beast was sprinkled for ceremony)...

Every direction of the word implies a
sacred meaning, not just a colloquial
expression of cup of wrath, like a cup
of tea. It encompasses the use of the
ancient words for "gateway" , "temple
high priest door" and "sacrificial basin."

This changes the meaning of the verse
in subtle ways. Maybe I get too hung
up on the etiological subtleties, but,
isn't that what it's all about? ;=D

k- i'll continue later.


I just watched Idol tonight. Hey, the
guys were much better than I anticipated.

I have a few favorites already, especially
Robbie. But, there are definitely some
talented guys this year. Tomorrow night
is the girls. For some reason, I am not
looking forward to them, even though
a few had great voices. The punk nurse
rubs me wrong. Too Janis Joplin-y and
played out to me... And the Irish singer
is great, but, she's already bombed in
the industry and this seems like she's
being pushed on the public again for
e secret agenda... I'm always so
paranoid... but she aint an American
and it bugs me. Why doesn't she sing
for X-Factor and leave a space for a
real American singer? It seems

Obama slaughtered my lady. His wife
really pissed me off today saying that
this is the first time in her life that she
is proud to be an American. I was furious.
What a retarded thing to say. This country
gave her the opportunity to rise to the full
of her potential as a woman of color, to
become a lawyer, and for her husband to
reach his potential. How dare they stand
there and claim that they have no pride
in America until they, themselves are
validated! I'm telling you, I get badddddddddddd
vibes from these people, and since they're
black, I'm not supposed to say these things.

I wash my hands of it. It's God's will for
whoever He ordains. He chose Lucifer to
play with and since judgment is at the
door (caph-hahah) we are all winners,
even if the worse happens.

We can't begin Eden until we're out of
Hell. Hell has to come full force, kind of
like a pimple that's pussed up. That's
what I felt like watching that arrogant
future first lady talk about her shame
in her country. It made me wanna puke,
but, it's the antichrists day coming up
and that's the way it goes.

We need to keep our eyes on the prize
and welcome the cube. Our country is
coming. New Zion. Right now, I'm
ashamed of my country America.
But, oh well.... This aint my home no
more. I'm liberated and looking forward
to the new world coming, so it's all
real cool. In fact, it's very cool.

I'll do some more Zech 12 later.

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