The Truth About El Shaddai: Lie, “More Than Enough”

Read this to get the truth about El Shaddai. It does NOT mean “more than enough.” In fact, false teachers use this to justify their greed and lavish lifestyles.

Created: Wednesday, July 26, 2023

The Truth About El Shaddai: Lie, “More Than Enough”

The lie: El Shaddai means "more than enough"

STM Bible Snack

The term “El Shaddai” is not in the KJV or any of the 8 revisions: AKJV, KJ2000, KJC, MKJV, MSTC, NKJV, RKJNT, and UKJV. But is in the CJB 7 times: Genesis 17:1, 28:3, 35:11, 43:14, 48:3, 49:25, and Exodus 6:3. 35 times in the OJB.

FYI, the phrase “more than enough” is in the KJV 1 time.
Exodus 36:5
The people are bringing more than we need to do the work the Lord commanded.” (ICB)
KJV: And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.
If you have more than you need and you keep it, then it is GREED.

The lie: El Shaddai means “more than enough”

I searched many sources, including these, but did not find any that supported the claim. So El Shaddai does not mean “more than enough.” El Shaddai means God Almighty! El=God and some agree Shaddai=Almighty (but it is uncertain).

Jewish Virtual Library and Judaism 101

God is also known as El Shaddai. This Name is usually translated as “God Almighty,” however, the derivation of the word “Shaddai” is not known.

  • According to some views, it is derived from the root meaning “to heap benefits.”
  • According to a Midrash, it means, “The One who said ‘dai‘” (“daimeaning enough or sufficient) and comes from the fact that when God created the universe, it expanded until He said “DAI!” (perhaps the first recorded theory of an expanding universe?).
  • The name Shaddai is the one written on the mezuzah scroll. Some note that Shaddai is an acronym of Shomer Daltot Yisrael, Guardian of the Doors of Israel.

So from this explanation, the terms ‘enough’ and ‘sufficient’ would mean STOP, meaning stop expanding or expand no more.

Jewish Encyclopedia

In Ex. vi. 2 (my note: actually Exodus 6:3) Yhwh is identified with El-Shaddai, the god of the Patriarchs. What the latter name (Shaddai) means is still in doubt (see Nöldeke in “Z. D. M. G.” 1886, p. 735; 1888, p. 480).

Genesis 17:1 [read Genesis {Bereshis} 17:1-8 (1)]
CJB: When Avram was 99 years old Adonai appeared to Avram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai [God Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted.
OJB: And when Avram was ninety and nine shanah, Hashem appeared to Avram, and said unto him, I am El Shaddai; walk before Me, and be thou tamim (blameless).
KJV: And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Hebrew definition for Shaddai

H7706 שַׁדַּי Shadday (shad-dah’-ee) n-m. Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries of the Hebrew Testaments – the Almighty.

  1. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance – Almighty.
  2. Brown-Driver-Briggs – Shaddai, the Almighty (of God).
  3. Ancient Hebrew Lexicon Definitions – fm) ids (סהדי ShDY) – Breast: KJV (48): almighty – Strongs: H7706 (שַׁדַּי).
  4. Gesenius’ Hebrew and Chaldee Definition – שַׁדַּי m., most powerful, Almighty, an epith. of Jehovah; sometimes with אֵל prefixed.
  5. King James Bible Online – Shadday: field, land; Meaning: the Almighty.
Exodus 6:3 [read Exodus {Shemot} 6:2-9 (3)]
CJB: I appeared to Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov as El Shaddai, although I did not make myself known to them by my name, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [Adonai].
OJB: And I appeared unto Avraham, unto Yitzchak, and unto Ya’akov, as El Shaddai, but by My Shem Hashem I did not make Myself known to them.
KJV: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name, Jehovah was I not known to them.

El Shaddai = God Almighty

If you pay close attention to what these false teachers say, they can never give a scripture that supports their claim. Be careful of people who say “the Bible says” without saying where.
Acts 17:11 [read Acts 17:10-15 (11)]
These people were more willing to listen [open-minded; fair-minded; noble in character] than the people in Thessalonica. The Bereans were eager to hear what Paul and Silas said [eagerly received the word/message] and studied [examined] the Scriptures every day to find out if these things were true [to confirm Paul’s teaching was in line with Scripture]. (EXB)
KJV: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Always confirm that what the preacher says is in line with what the Bible says! So the truth about El Shaddai is it does NOT mean “more than enough.” I pray that you have enjoyed and will make the most of this Bible snack. Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim. ☺

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