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Genesis 17:1

And Raised-Father is becoming a builder of ninety and nine duplications, and Yahweh is being seen toward Raised-Father, and is saying toward him, `Myself, El of Destroyers,613 walk yourselves to my faces, and become complete.614



God of Destroyers

As with the case of Adonai, Shaddai is also originally a plural word. There has been some debate over the centuries as to whether shaddai (#7706) really is derived from the Hebrew root shadad (#7703), to deal violently with, despoil, devastate. Fuerst and Gesenius affirm this however, as do the LXX, Vulgate, and Syriac versions. Incidentally, the prophet Isaiah does too,

Howl you all, for near is the hot-one of Yahweh, as destruction from the destroyers he is coming. Isaiah 13:6 literal

And Joel also,

Aha for the Hot-one! For near is the hot-one of Yahweh, and as destruction from the destroyers he is coming. Joel 1:15 literal

Like it or not, as destruction from the destroyers is the superior translation given that the Hebrew is כְשֹׁ֖ד מִשַׁדַּ֥י‬, ki-shod mi-shaddai. This shouldn’t be surprising given that the Christ is an el-gibbor, god of might, or warrior-god according to Isaiah 9:6. He is coming to make war, with his chosen army of fearless volunteers.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

These ones will make war with the lamb, and the lamb will conquer them, because master of masters he is and king of kings; and those ones with him are called-out and chosen and trustworthy.” Revelation 17:14 literal