- Active verbs were used by the Hebrews to express, not the doing of the thing, but the permission of the thing which the agent is said to
Genesis 31:7.-Jacob says to Laban: "God did not give him to do me
evil": i.e., as in A.V. [Note: The Authorized Version, or current Text
of our English Bible, 1611.] , God suffered him not, etc.
Exodus 4:21.-"I will harden his heart (i.e., I will permit or suffer
his heart to be hardened), that he shall not let the people go." So in
all the passages which speak of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. As
is clear from the common use of the same Idiom in the following
Exodus 5:22.-"Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this
people?" i.e., suffered them to be so evil entreated.
Psalms 16:10.-"Thou wilt not give thine Holy One (i.e., suffer Him) to
see corruption." So the A.V. [Note: The Authorized Version, or current
Text of our English Bible, 1611.]
Jeremiah 4:10.-"Lord God, surely thou hast greatly deceived this
people": i.e., thou hast suffered this People to be greatly deceived,
by the false prophets, saying: Ye shall have peace, etc.
Ezekiel 14:9.-"If the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing,
I the Lord have deceived that prophet": i.e., I have permitted him to
Matthew 6:13.-"Lead us not (i.e., suffer us not to be led) into
Matthew 11:25.-"I thank thee, O Father … because thou hast hid (i.e.,
not revealed) these things," etc.
Matthew 13:11.-"It is given to know unto you," etc. (i.e., ye are
permitted to know … but they are not permitted to know them.
Acts 13:29.-"When they (i.e., the rulers, verse 27) had fulfilled all
that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid
him in a sepulchre": i.e., they permitted Joseph of Arimathea and
Nicodemus to do so.
Romans 9:18.-"Whom he will he hardeneth": i.e., he suffereth to be
hardened. Not that this in any way weakens the absolute sovereignty of
Romans 11:7.-"The rest were hardened": i.e., were suffered to become
blind (as in A.V. [Note: The Authorized Version, or current Text of
our English Bible, 1611.] marg. [Note: arg. Margin.] ).
Romans 11:8.-"God hath given them the spirit of slumber": i.e., hath
suffered them to fall asleep.
2 Thessalonians 2:11.-"For this cause God shall send them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie": i.e., God will leave them
and suffer them to be deceived by the great Lie which will come on all
- Active verbs are used to express, not the doing of a thing, but the occasion of a thing’s being done
Genesis 42:38.-"If mischief befall him by the way … then shall ye
bring down (i.e., ye shall be the occasion of bringing down) my gray
1 Kings 14:16.-Jeroboam "made Israel to sin": i.e., was the cause of
Israel’s sin by setting up the two calves in Bethel and Dan.