SPECIAL TOPIC: SHAME (BDB 101, KB 116) IN ITS THEOLOGICAL SENSE

"Shame" denotes the judgment of God on sin (i.e., Gen. 2:25 compared to Gen. 3:10). Note the comparison of Psalm 31:17a with 31:17b. Shame is associated with judgment in Psalm 53:5; 119:1-8,80; Dan. 12:2.

Shame is not just injury to one's reputation or pride, but a serious violation of covenant requirements and loss of fellowship with God. It is often used of idolaters (cf. Ps. 97:7; Isa. 42:17; 44:9,11; 45:16; Jer. 51:17).

The great promise of no shame for those who put their trust in YHWH (cf. Isa. 49:23; Ps. 25:3; Joel 2:27) is repeated by Paul in Rom. 9:33 and by John in 1 John 2:28.

 

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