I have a preposition for you…

I have always loved the study of English, but some people have a mental block of sorts when grammar is mentioned. I have a similar block with math beyond the basics.

But grammar is one of the best tools for basic Bible study. For instance, those lengthy sentences of Paul’s are a little more understandable when you find the subject and verb of a given sentence and then see how everything else fits around them.

Prepositions (by, beside, under) generally show the relationship of one thing to another. Before your eyes start glazing over, see if these prepositional phrases don’t bless your heart:

Deuteronomy 33:27b: The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Psalm 16:8: I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Isaiah 38:17: Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 43:2 ; When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

John 17:24: Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

II Timothy 4:17: Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Psalm 5:12: For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Psalm 32:7: Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

Colossians 1:27: Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Some of these came to mind as I was listening to “O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus” by S. Trevor Francis on a CD. One stanza says:

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

11 thoughts on “I have a preposition for you…

  1. Who said prepositions were boring?! *smile* Those are wonderful, uplifting and encouraging scriptures, Barbara! Thanks for sharing them!

  2. Barbara:

    What was your major in college? There may be a reason why you look so familiar! And, yes, these prepositional phrases were a blessing.

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