[b-hebrew] Is.45:7 God created evil?
kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Aug 5 05:56:20 EDT 2005
The word translated here as "evil" actually means
"displeasure" where that displeasure can sometimes be quite
severe, as in caused by a disaster or evil. As such, evil
and disaster are derivitive meanings of R(. Furthermore,
where God brings displeasure on a person or a people, it
may actually be for the good of the person or people, as it
involves correction, e.g. Proverbs 3:12 that done in love
can actually cause pain.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Evgeny Ivanov" <evi7538 at yahoo.com>
> Is.45:7 says "I (God) make peace and create evil" - BoRe Ra. LXX
> translates Ra here as êáêá (kaka) - "bad". English NIV translates
> "I bring prosperity and create disaster". I guess the "correct"
> translation really depends on exegesis. But from the linguistic
> point of viev, is Ra always means "evil", or it is legitimate to
> translate it also as "disaster" for example? Another note - the
> verb here is BaRa that usually applies to God creating something
> that didn't exist before. The translation echoes to theology - did
> God created evil, or He just allowed the creatures with free will
> to do evil?
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