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5. Know the Lord



Know the Lord:

This phrase occurs six times in the Bible:

1 Samuel 3:7 - "Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him."

Isaiah 19:21 - "And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it."

Jeremiah 31:34 - "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

Hosea 2:20 - "I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD."

Hosea 6:3 - "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

Hebrews 8:11 - "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."


In all these passages, the phrase means the knowing of the Lord savingly. Note that in Jeremiah 31:34, the Old Covenant taught that people should "know the Lord." This was their duty. Only if they embraced the New Covenant would any of them come to know God truly.


Know that I am the Lord:

This phrase occurs 77 times in the Bible, and relates to God showing Himself in His power either in saving His people OR in judgment. e.g.:

Exodus 6:7 - "And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians."

Exodus 7:5 - "And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them."

Exodus 14:18 - "And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen."