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Lord Is A Strong Tower

What is your understanding of this verse? "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Found in Proverbs 18:10?

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Might help to know the "name".

The name of Jehovah is a strong tower, The righteous runneth into it, and is safe." ASV

The word for "Lord" does not appear here in the original Hebrew. Rather we find the tetragrammaton, YHWH.
---scott on 1/21/10

A tower in bibical times referes to a place of refuse, but also where the armor is stored as well as wepons,and practice to become familiar with them.
---Tom on 1/11/10

Honor, or favor with God, alone can provide lasting security. Humility alone bestows upon a man the honor that leads to the enjoyment of God's security.
---catherine on 3/18/08

If I was in Iraq, this is the scripture I would hang onto. Protection from harm. It's for any child of God on the battlefield, physical or spiritual.
---Shiela on 3/16/08

Remember, the Bible frequently uses metaphors and figures.

This certainly does not mean that our God is made of bricks, stone, and mortar, which is where a literalistic interpretation goes.

BTW, this proves the truth that NOBODY really believes the entire Bible literally. (I hope!)
---Jack on 4/15/07

That's saying the same thing, twice. Calling on the Name of the Lord, is calling on the Lord himself. Jesus can hear our thoughts, but to say His name outloud is calling out to Him. Hello, Alan vs. just Hello.
---Shiela on 10/23/06

Why do we call on the name of the Lord, and not on the Lord Himself?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/23/06

To me this means that whatever situation we maybe in, we can go to Jesus because he is there to hold us and protect us when we need him. He is always there, for us to lean on him. jamea7734
---jamea7734 on 10/22/06

We run to God, calling His name, and He is there for us regardless of what that need may be.
---emg on 10/22/06

Jack, "EVEN" a literalist can understand a metaphor. This passage means that God's name, and therefore God, can be a shelter in times of adversity. He is stronger than all of our problems, and will keep us safe in every trial. Even when we find ourselves in death, we have no fear, because God is our comfort.
---tommy3007 on 10/21/06

If you were dodging bullets on the battlefield, I believe you would take God's Word literally.
And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them witha rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. Rev 19:14,15
---Shiela on 10/21/06

The NAME of the Lord is a strong and mighty tower. This in NO WAY refers to God being made of cement Jack.
We call on the name of the Lord and He guides and protects us.
YES! Many of us take the bible literally. God's word was not written to confuse us!
---NV_Barbara on 10/21/06

Sheila, I won't argue with that.

As Betsy ten Boom said, only in God's will is there any safety.
---Jack on 10/20/06

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