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Biblical Contradiction: Does God Get Weary?

Bassam Zawadi




In the following verse it says that God cannot get weary...

Isaiah 40:28

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary (yaga), and his understanding no one can fathom.


The Hebrew word for weary here is yaga, which means...

1) to toil, labour, grow weary, be weary

a) (Qal)

1) to toil, labour

2) to grow weary, be weary

b) (Piel) to weary, make weary, cause to go toilsomely

c) (Hiphil) to make to toil, make weary, cause to be weary

Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/tmp_dir/words/3/1142369650-3895.html



However, this verse mentions God getting weary...

Isaiah 43:24

You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied (yaga) me with your offenses.


Bible commentator John Gill says...

but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities; they were so many, and so aggravated, that he could not bear with them any longer, his patience was worn out; they were an uneasiness to him, as it were a burden upon him, and therefore would ease himself, as he sometimes does, by avenging himself, Isaiah 1:24, but here by pardoning them, as in the following verse.... (John Gill's Exposition of the Bible, Source)


So could God get weary or not? Obviously you cannot say yes, because what kind of a God gets tired? If no, then explain Isaiah 43:24 for me. 

Someone might desperately argue that in Isaiah 40 God meant that he does not get weary in the physical sense but Isaiah 43 shows that he got wearied in an emotional sense since He lost his patience. First of all, God is supposed to be patient...

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


Secondly, Isaiah 40 makes it clear that God does not get yaga but Isaiah 43 shows that God did get yaga. End of story. 


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