by Brad Scott
A capitalist these days has become anathema among many historical revisionists, liberal universities, and think tanks. Capitalism is defined in our dictionaries as "an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange of wealth (capital) is made and maintained chiefly by private investors or corporations." In other words, how one succeeds depends on himself and his own willingness and desire. This, too, is the basic scriptural definition, for capital comes from the Hebrew chafatz (חפץ). In Hebrew, the ch has a k sound and the f has an alternative hard p sound. As the word evolved through the European language, it become capit(al).
This word, scripturally, refers to both man's and YHVH's sovereign ability to seek, lawfully, what he desires. This is part of our constitution: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Here are some examples of this word.
Mizemor (Psalm) 1:2But his delight is in the law of YHVH; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Mishlei (Proverbs) 31:13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 53:10Yet it pleased YHVH to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of YHVH shall prosper in his hand.
Yesha’yahu 55:11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Mizemor 135:6Whatsoever YHVH pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
I believe YHVH was quite the capitalist!?!
Shalom Alecheim! ◊