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Spoke 18 - Tzaddi

Job, Matthew, 1 John

God's Righteousness Goes Forth!

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

John 2:1 (Spoke 18, Cycle 3)

Tzaddi KeyWordsOpen the King James Bible to verse 137 of the great alphabetic Psalm 119 and you will see these words:

  • AV Psalm 119:137 TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

The word translated as "righteous" is the fundamental Tzaddi KeyWord צדיק (Tzaddik). This word, or its root צדק (Tsadek), appears in six of the alphabetic verses. Here are the other five:

  • AV Lam 1:18 The LORD is righteous (tzaddik); for I have rebelled against his commandment.
  • AV Ps 145:17 The LORD is righteous (tzaddik) in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
  • AV Ps 112:9b ... His righteousness (tzedakah) endureth for ever;
  • AV Ps 119:142 Thy righteousness (tzedakah) is an everlasting righteousness.
  • AV Ps 119:144 The righteousness (tzedek) of thy testimonies is everlasting:

This firmly establishes the symbolic meaning of Tzaddi, which has been recognized for millennia in the Rabbinical Tradition. It governs the theme of the Book 18 in which Righteous Job is used of God to address the question of why the righteous suffer. It also manifests in the Inner Cycle of Genesis with Abraham's plea in Genesis 18 for God to withhold judgment against Sodom for the sake of ten righteous people that might be therein. The reason God revealed His impending judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah to Abraham is explained in terms of two Tzaddi KeyWords:

And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command [yitsevah] his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice [tsadekah] and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Genesis 18.17f

The word translated as "justice" is simply the feminine substantive formed from the verb Tsadek. The word translated as "he will command" is from the root צוה (Tsavah) which is another fundamental Tzaddi KeyWord, closely associated throughout Scripture with righteousness. Tsavah (Command) appears in the second Tzaddi verse of Psalm 119:

  • AV Psalm 119:138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

Tsavah (Command) also appears in the alphabetic Psalm 111:

  • AV Psalm 111.9b ... he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

The words Tsadek (Righteous) and Tsavah (Command) define interwoven twin themes that manifest with unparalleled clarity in 1 John, as discussed at length in the article Jesus Christ the Righteous!.

The elemental force of the letter can be seen by analyzing words formed from simple combinations with other letters. The simplest such word is formed from its combination with Aleph to form the qal imperative verb צא (Tsey!) which is the command Go Forth! The first occurrence of this exact word is found in Genesis 8.16 when God commanded Noah to "go forth" from the ark after the flood had receded. This is the primary elemental force of the Letter Tzaddi. It is the essence of the idea of a command which is exemplified by the transformation of the command צא (Tsey!, Go Forth!) into צוה (Tsavah, Command) by the insertion of a Vav (ו) between the Tzaddi and the Aleph. The words are closely related.

All these ideas combine in the great theme of the Gospel of God's Righteousness simultaneously bursting forth on Spoke 18 in the Bible Book 40 (Gospel of Matthew), Isaiah Chapter 40, and Psalm Chapter 40.

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