From Glory To Glory


Notes regarding Ps. 8 and Ps. 82

In the Greek translation of the Old Testament (the so-called “Septuagint” or short “LXX”), Ps. 8:5 was rendered as if God had made man a little lower than the “angels.” For this reason, many contemporary translations have copied this rendering of Ps. 8:5. However, in the Hebrew original text we have clearly the word “ʾelōhîm,” which means “God” (the Almighty) or respectively “gods,” but never “angel.” For the word “angel” there is a separate word, namely “malʾāk.” – Because of this translation in the LXX, we find this verse quoted in like manner in Hebr. 2:7. But even if the writer of Hebrews welcomes this translation to make his point, the original testimony of Ps. 8:5 remains that God made man only a little lower than Himself.

This was also confirmed by Jesus in Jn. 10:34,35. There He referred His critiques to Ps. 82:6, where people were called “gods” (“ʾelōhîm) – mind you, they were called gods, not God the Almighty! – Just because there are people who pervert this statement and develop some extreme doctrines, we should not throw the baby out with the bath water and close our eyes from the glorious position we were given by God. Because then we also close our eyes from the extent of His measureless love which He poured out over us. And the result will be an extreme development, only in the opposite direction – namely the worm mentality that so many people carry around with them and try to compensate in every way imaginable. Truth alone can save us from extremes into one direction or the other. – “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free(Jn. 8:31,32)!

Regarding Ps. 82 – of course, this psalm is primarily talking about a negative situation, as man after the fall of mankind has been committing a lot of evil things. Nevertheless, we are told here also an awesome truth which was confirmed by Jesus in Jn. 10:34,35.

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