“Everlasting to Everlasting”

Recently a critic of Mormonism challenged us with Psalms 90:2, which states that God is from “everlasting to everlasting.” Among several good approaches in responding to this, I find that this list compiled by a fellow LDS demonstrates the point best. Later this week I will expand this article, but for now I just want to get up here so I don’t lose it.

Here are some verses from the Old Testament using the word “Owlam” (the words in bold are translated from owlam):

(Genesis 49:26.)

26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

(Genesis 6:4.)

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

(Exodus 27:20-21.)

20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.

(1 Samuel 27:8.)

8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.

(Malachi 3:4.)

4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

(Amos 9:11.)

11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

None of these implies “eternal” or “infinite”.

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