Be still, and know that I am God

PSALM 46:10



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This verse says God is in control. We do not need to try to control our lives since God is behind all things. He is the one who is truly in control. We thus must have faith in God and trust that He will look after us and take care of us. Then we may have the peace in our hearts and minds to live with honor and respect for all life.

For a similar verse, see Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

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Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

— Psalm 46:10

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Be still, הַרְפּ֣וּ To slacken (in many applications, literal or figurative) H7503
and know וּ֭דְעוּ To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) H3045
that כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed H3588
I אָנֹכִ֣י I H595
am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
God: אֱלֹהִ֑ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative H430

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