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Metaphysical meaning of Vaniah (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Vaniah (mbd)
Vaniah, va-ni-ah (Heb.)--distress; oppression; weapon of Jehovah; Jah is praise.

A son of Bani. He had taken a foreign wife, but agreed to give her up at the command of Ezra (Ezra 10:36).

Meta. Vaniah bespeaks the demonstrating power of the word, or of thoughts and words, perhaps more in a negative than in a constructive way. The weapon of Jehovah is the divine thought or word in expression; "for the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword" (Heb. 4:12). When man thinks thoughts and speaks words that are destructive he brings trouble to himself (distress, oppression). A word can act in two ways, for good or for ill. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Prov. 18:21). To praise and magnify Jehovah (Jah is praise), the divine ideal, in our thoughts and words brings good results.

Preceding Entry: Vaizatha
Following Entry: Vashti