People say the Bible is “difficult to understand”. Here is an example.
Job 9:25 (KJV) Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
In Bible study, two of the rules we used to understand the meaning of a word are:
1. The Bible defines itself. (It has a built-in dictionary.)
2. Context determines meaning.
In the following verses, it is clear what is meant by “post”:
Exodus 12:7 (KJV) “post of the house”
Exodus 21:6 (KJV) “door post”
1 Samuel 1:9 (KJV) “post of the temple”
Ezekiel 40:14 (KJV) “post of the court”
Ezekiel 40:48 (KJV) “post of the porch”
Ezekiel 41:3 (KJV) “post of the door”
Ezekiel 46:2 (KJV) “post of the gate”
QUESTION: How can a “post” be swift?
ANSWER: Who says a “post” always stays and never travels?
The Bible’s Built-in Dictionary:
The Bible definition for “post” in Job 9:25 can be found in Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 51:31 (KJV) One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
A “post” is a “messenger” who “runs” (Jer. 51:31). He is a postman who delivers mail.
Using the Google search engine, the search words “post definition” yield the following meanings:
• A long, sturdy piece of timber or metal set upright in the ground and used to support something or as a marker
• An online posting
• British: the official service or system that delivers letters and parcels
• Historical: one of a series of couriers who carried mail on horseback between fixed stages
• Archaic: a person or vehicle that carries mail
• A position of paid employment; a job
• A place where someone is on duty or where a particular activity is carried out
A “post” can be something “set upright in the ground”, something “online”, some “service or system”, some “person or vehicle”, some “position” or “job”, or some “place”.
British and American Vocabulary
|postman||mailman, mail carrier, letter carrier|
CONCLUSION: By Bible definition, the “post”in Job 9:25 is a “messenger” (Jer. 5:31) or a postman who “runs” to deliver messages or mail.
APPLICATION: “Now my days are swifter than a post.” (Job 9:25) Let us “run” and be “swifter than a post” to deliver the gospel.