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Thy paths drop fatness…

…thy paths drop fatness.
Psalm 65:11 KJV
An interesting verse I came across in a Charles Spurgeon devotional… 
Thy paths… drop… fatness…

These words sent me to seek out other translations… 
…your carts overflow with abundance.
NIV84
…even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
NLT
…your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
ESV
…Your paths drip fatness.
NASB95
…your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
NRSV
…Your ways overflow with plenty.
HCSB
Finding such variations… I went to the Hebrew lexicons…
The words translated… paths… cartshard pathways… wagon tracks… ways… come from the Hebrew word… ma’gal

ma’gal… entrenchment, track…

 — Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon

direction in life, teaching, formally, rutted path, i.e., verbal teaching as a figurative extension of a well-worn path… life, course of life, formally, path, i.e., the way one conducts oneself in life as a figurative extension of a well-worn path… path ruts, wheel tracks, i.e., grooves in a dirt path as a condition of being often used by carts… note: the picture is one of so much being on a cart it spills off onto the ground into the wheel tracks

—Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains 

Stick with me here…

The word translated… drop… overflow… drip… comes from the Hebrew… ra’aph

…to trickle, drip…

—Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon

…drop, fall, drip, i.e., the movement of liquid from the sky as a gentle, healthy, non-destructive rain… cause to rain… overflow, i.e., be in a state of great plenty…

— Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains 

And the final word… with translations… fatness… abundance… richness… plenty…

deshen… fat ashes, fatness… of fertility… of blessing…

—Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon

…choice produce, i.e., what is produced and choice for consumption… fatty ashes, i.e., the burned wood of the altar fire soaked or mixed with fat of the animal sacrifice…

 — Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains

Thy paths… drip… fatness…

His Way… overflows… with blessing… fruitfulness…
His Way… makes tracks… ruts… it can be followed…
His Way… is unchanging…

And I think about His Way… overflowing with abundance… even filling the tracks of the path… wondering… at its fruitfulness…

Then the Word it comes… as to the reason… for the abundance… of His Way…

For as the rain and snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout, 
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV
His Word… never returns empty…
His Way… always fruitful…
His purpose… always accomplished…
Thy paths… drip… fatness…

Lord… keep me in Your path…
it is a rut… in which I long to be stuck…

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