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Spoke 3 - Gimel
Inner Wheel of Isaiah
Isaiah 25 chain Book 25

O LORD, thou (attah) art my God (Elohi); I will exalt thee (aromimkah), I will praise (odeh) thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness (emunah) and truth (omen).

Isaiah 25:1 (Spoke 1, Cycle 2)

Aleph KeyWordsThe first verse of Isaiah 25 contains the six Aleph KeyWords shown in the table. And of these, four appear in the Alphabetic Verses corresponding to Aleph:

  • I will extol thee (aromimkah), my God (Elohi), O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. AV Ps 145:1
  • Thou (attah) hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. AV Ps 119:4
  • I will praise (odeh) thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. AV Ps 9:1
  • I will praise (odeh) the LORD with my whole heart ... AV Ps 111:1

The KeyWord aromimkah plays an essential role in the Alphabetic KeyLink between AV Psalm 145:1 and Isaiah on Spoke 1 of the Bible Wheel (see I will Exalt Thee). The KeyWord Elohi (my God) coheres with Aleph as a symbol of God. The KeyWord emunah (faithfulness), though not represented in the Alphabetic Verses, plays an essential role in the Spoke 1 KeyLink between Genesis and Romans based on righteousness imputed through faith (see The Election of Abraham). In all ways, these Aleph KeyWords are profoundly integrated with the first Spoke of the Bible Wheel.

If we now shift our focus from Isaiah as a book on Spoke 1 of the Bible Wheel to Isaiah as an Inner Wheel, we find an amazing correlation between Isaiah Chapter 25 and Lamentations, Bible Book 25. The prevalence of Aleph KeyWords in the first verse of Isaiah 25 made me wonder if perhaps the whole chapter were alphabetically structured, just like the Book of Lamentations to which it corresponds. The results are amazing. Below is the entire 25th Chapter of Isaiah with the Alphabetic KeyWords highlighted. The third column lists the Alphabetic Verses that use the KeyWords and gives links to related articles.

Alphabetic Structure of Isaiah Chapter 25

O LORD, thou (attah) art my God (Elohi); I will exalt thee (aromimkah), I will praise (odeh) thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness (emunah) and truth (omen) . Aleph prefix:
I will extol thee (aromimkah, AV Ps 145:1),
I will praise (odeh, AV Ps 9:1, 111:1)
My God (Elohi) AV Ps 145:1

For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built (banah). This KeyWord is used in AV Lam 3:5. It plays an essential role in many themes on Spoke 2, (see A Son over the House of God).

Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations (goyim) shall fear thee. This is used in AV Psalm 9:6 as a secondary KeyWord in the alliterative phrase "ga'arta goyim" ("Thou hast rebuked the heathen").

For thou hast been a strength to the poor (dal), a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. This KeyWord is formed from the first two letters of Dalet. It is the meaning the Talmud assigns to the Fourth letter. It does not appear in the Alphabetic Verses, but does play an essential role in the primary themes of Spoke 4, (see The Door to the Way of God and Four Weak and Beggarly Elements).

Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. No Hey KeyWords.

And (Vav prefix) in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. The Vav prefix is used in all the Alphabetic Verses corresponding to the sixth letter. It is the only way that Vav is ever used in those passages. The significance of this is amplified by the very unusual fact that the Vav prefix does not occur anywhere in Isaiah 25 until the sixth verse where it begins the sentence precisely as it would as a KeyWord in the Alphabetic Verses.

And he will destroy in this (zeh) mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. This KeyWord is used in five Alphabetic Verses: Lam 3:21; Ps 24:6; Ps 34:6; Ps 119:50,56

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke (charpah) of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. This KeyWord does not appear in the Chet Alphabetic Verses.

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. No Tet KeyWords

For in this mountain shall the hand (yad) of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill. This KeyWord is the name of the Tenth letter. God used it in four Alphabetic Verses:
AV Lam 1:10, 4:10, Prov 31:19, Ps 119:73. It plays an essential role in many themes on Spoke 10 (see The Hand of the Eternal King and Holy Hands). It also appears in many Inner Cycles such as Psalm 10, Isaiah 10, John 10, Revelation 10.

And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth (Kaph prefix) spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. The Kaph prefix, the sign of similarity, is used in AV Ps 119:88. The phrase "spread forth his hands" uses the verb parash (spread) with yad (hand). This is very intriguing because it is an unusual construct. In most cases, parash describes the action of the kaph (the open palm of the hand), as when Solomon "spread forth his hands (kaphim)" in 1 Kings on Spoke 11. The verse also seems to be suggesting the idea of Kaph in its description since swimming requires the use of the cupped hand, which is its literal definition.

And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground (l'aretz), even to the dust. The Lamed prefix is used in 15 Alphabetic Verses.

This completes the review of the twelve verses of Isaiah 25. To recap: the opening verse contains six Aleph KeyWords, four of which are used in the Alphabetic Verses. In total we found eight of the twelve verses contained KeyWords derived from the Alphabetic Verses, and only three verses failed to have a direct connection with its corresponding letter. The appearances of the Kaph and Lamed prefixes are not nearly as impressive as the Vav prefix, because the latter does not appear anywhere in Isaiah 25 before the sixth verse, which is a very rare extended absence of such a common Hebrew construct. The results seem pretty conclusive that Isaiah 25 was implicitly designed to echo the pattern of the Alphabet. It certainly does not look like an explicitly conscious effort on the part of the human author, since none of the KeyWords except the Vav prefix in Isaiah 25:6 are placed at the head of the verse. The fact that we find an alphabetic structure in chapter corresponding to Lamentations - the premier alphabetically structured book in the Bible, adds new depth to the Isaiah - Bible Correlation (Thread II) and indicates a deep integragion with the Bible Wheel (Thread I).

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