When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Psalms 8: 3-8 NIV
What is man that God is mindful of him? The Holy Bible teaches us that man was created “a little lower than the angels”.
However, this is the ancient Greek translation. . .
ηλαττωσας αυτον βραχυ τι παρ’ αγγελους δοξη και τιμη εστεφανωσας αυτον Psalms 8:5 Greek OT: Septuagint
But in the original Hebrew it translates:
For thou hast made him a little…
m`at (meh-at’) Almost (some, very) few(-er, -est), lightly, little (while), (very) small (matter, thing), some, soon, very.
chacer (khaw-sare’) to lack; by implication, to fail, want, lessen — be abated, bereave, decrease, (cause to) fail, (have) lack, make lower, want.
than the angels…
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.
and hast crowned…
to encircle (for attack or protection); especially to crown — compass, crown.
him with glory…
weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness — glorious(-ly), glory, honour(-able).
magnificence, i.e. ornament or splendor — beauty, comeliness, excellency, glorious, glory, goodly, honour, majesty.
If we take the liberty to extrapolate from the Hebrew translation it would read:
What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than Yourself . . . Elohim (or God). . . and have encircled him with your divine protection, copious splendor, beauty, magnificence and glory.
Thus, the truth about humanity is . . .
Temporally, we have been wonderfully crafted in God’s image.
Positionally, we are just a little lower than God Himself.
Exponentially, we have been given stewardship over all creation.
So how have we wandered so far from our original design? With all the hundreds of religions in the world why is humanity still living so far beneath its privileges (or position)?
How does racism and prejudice penetrate a human heart which is`atar (aw-tar’), encircled (for attack or protection) from evil? Is it like a cancerous cell already indigenous to the body but is sparked by a free radical cell revolt?
And why would human intelligence ever defer to evil?
How could humanity enslave and kill and judge members of its own family?
Why would humanity dishonor what God has hadar (haw-dawr’) with magnificence, i.e. ornament or splendor — beauty?
Why is God so mindful of us?
Could it be because at our best we are ‘elohiym (el-o-heem’) angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty?
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