My first bible was King James Version (KLV). It was a gift from my third grade Sunday school teacher. I still have it. It has tiny print and the binding is a bit loose.
What about you?
Do you still have your first Bible?
Do you have a Bible? Some people do not.
When I was a teenager I was given a New International Version (NIV) Student Bible. I still that one too. The original cover is destroyed.
In my second year of college, I had a friend who worked in the school library. one of his jobs to to send books that were falling apart to a company that would rebound books. I asked if he would help me rebind my bible. He did. I'm very thankful. It was as if was new.....but it wasn't...it had the same markings inside as before. That bible is on my shelve today with a strong and a generic black hardcover.
A New Song 9x
In both the KJV and the NIV the words new song are mentioned in nine different places.
Psalm 33:3 -Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
Psalm 40:3 -He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.
Psalm 96:1 -Sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!
Psalm 98:1 -Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!
Psalm 144:9 -I will sing a new song to you, O God! I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.
Psalm 149:1 -Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
Isaiah 42:10 -Sing a new song to the LORD! Sing his praises from the ends of the earth! Sing, all you who sail the seas, all you who live in distant coastlands.
Revelation 5:9 -And they sang a new song with these words: "You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 14:3 -This great choir sang a wonderful new song in front of the throne of God and before the four living beings and the twenty-four elders. No one could learn this song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
HEBREW: chadashn (new) shiyr (song)
The word used for NEW in the Old Testament Bible verses is transliterated: chadashn
It simply means fresh. It comes from a root word meaning to be made new, renewed, and/or repaired.
The word used for SONG in the Old Testament Bible verses is transliterated: shiyr
This word is neutral gendered noun. In its feminine form it means song. In its masculine form it means sing.
It comes from a root verb which meaning to sing as if traveling or strolling. It shares the same meaning as another verb used to describe a travelling about, to journey even dubiously as a harlot or merchant might travel.
GREEK: kainos (new) ode (song)
The word used for NEW in the New Testament Bible verses is transliterated: kainos
It is an adjective which also means fresh. It also unused, unworn, recently made, novel, uncommon, unheard of.
It is a word used more so with respect to 'freshness' than with 'age'.
The word used for SONG in the New Testament Bible verses is transliterated: ode
This word is feminine noun. It is a generic term meaning song, lay, ode.
It comes from a verb word meaning to sing to the praise of anyone.
Hebrew vs Greek
When I study the words 'new song', I am intrigued that the Hebrew language seems to underpin the NEW SONG with the idea that the new song is a song which comes from the heart of the worship leading figure(s) moving forward in their journey to grow and gain clientele and sales (or, in this case other worshippers).
The new song carries with it the strength of both the man and the woman.
The female is the song itself while the male is the singer of the song. This idea reminds me of the spiritual dynamic and relationship the covenant people of God (the bride) has with their God and Lord (the groom).
The ultimate man sings the song of his friend, lover and bride. We become The Lords song.
The new song is fresh in its approach. The old often becomes familiar and no longer carries the impact for conversion it once had.
The new song is renewing. It is unused. The real new song may use the old words familiar words, the the words of my student bible, but it comes repacked with a new look coming from a new mercy from a new day and new heart, new appreciation, and new praise ...a new and fresh awareness of God's grandeur and glory.
Pray with me: Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth. Great healer and mighty King of the Universe. Thank you for each new day and the grace and mercies that show up immediately in my life the second I open my eyes each morning. You have put a new song in my mouth. I will praise your name in the sanctuary. I will proclaim your deeds and wonders throughout the earth. I will keep my mind on you. Have your way in my life today and make my life a song others can sing to your glory!