[b-hebrew] Is.45:7 God created evil?

Karl Randolph 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?
> Shalom,
> Evgeny

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