Definition of netsach:
Enduring Strength, Endurance, Perpetual
Strongs  says that this word can mean any of the following: eminence, perpetuity, strength, victory, enduring, or everlastingness. That is quite a range of definitions
By context, there is no place in the Bible that is in conflict with the definition: enduring. This translation may, at times, not support certain denominational theologies that depend on it, but it does not create conflict with the Bible itself.
In many areas, for example, Isaiah 34:10, translating this word as anything that means eternal does cause conflicts, either making the Bible conflict with itself or else making the Bible into nonsense through raw human reasoning (the reasoning of the human mind without the Intelligence of the Creator flowing through the human mind) and theological interpretation from the original language. Unfortunately, many of the translations create such supposed conflicts. There are, in fact, no conflicts or errors in the Bible.
Some things are eternal. Eternal life will not end either during time or in eternity. The Triune God is eternal. There are Scriptures that make this plain. Sometimes, words (and there are several) that really are indicating an eon or defining a kind of endurance or life that is of the eon are translates as for ever or for ever and ever. There are many times where these mistranslations actually do not result in error. They do not covey what the particular reference was originally written to convey, but they do not conflict with other parts of the Bible. Examples would be those Scriptures that speak of eternal life, which should have been translates as the life that is of the age (a reference to the coming Kingdom). Of course, this is an incorrect translation, but it seems correct because other Scriptures give us confirmation that this is a life that is eternal. This is not a major problem, except for the fact that these mistranslations give a false sense of correctness to the use of the same words in describing things that cannot (because they would make other Scriptures conflict) be eternal.
Netsach is sometimes translated as for ever, but it means endurance, that which endures, or that which is constant or continual, but neither establishes that something is eternal nor implies that it is not eternal. There seems to an implied sense of something that must be endured with patience in order to obtain the goal. Of course, God is our endurance and patience. It is His Spirit in us that can endure.
Strongs definition of netsach:
05331 --×¦ netsach neh'- tsakh or --×¦ netsach nay'- tsakh
1) eminence, perpetuity, strength, victory, enduring, everlastingness
1b) enduring of life
1c) endurance in time, perpetual, continual, to the end
1d) everlastingness, ever
Problems with theologies that misuse netsach:
Problems arise whenever anyone goes beyond Scripture. That is, when anyone adds to Scripture or takes from Scripture. A theology has been developed that goes beyond the Bible on the one hand by saying such things as "there is no hell," "there is a hell, but hell is not all that bad," "God would never correct anyone through punishment," or "all ways lead to God." There are other examples of this extreme view. On the other hand, a robust theology has developed beyond the Bible that makes the Scripture conflict with itself. This is a problem if we are to believe the entire Bible. This extreme dogma causes some theologians to find extra-biblical reasons to rationalize away the Scriptures that plainly say such things as, "As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive." Some people do not, as a result, believe in the restitution of all things, which is also a plain teaching of Scripture just as Hell is a plain teaching of Scripture. Sometimes, the best answer is, "We believe it all, but God has not yet told us how He is going to do this."
Without a volume of cleverly deceitful human rationalism of the actual message of the Bible, the following types of false beliefs would not be accepted by anyone: "all ways lead to God" "There are ways, other than Christ, to God." "There is no hell" "Hell is not that bad" "Hell is enternal" "Hell is very short" "God's punishments are not remedial" "There will never be a restitution of all things"
1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
2 Samuel 2:26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever ? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
1 Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory , and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Job 4:20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Job 14:20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
Job 20:7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
Job 34:36 My desire is that Job may be tried to the end because of his answers for wicked men.
Job 36:7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever , and they are exalted.
Psalm 9:6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.
Psalm 9:18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
Psalm 10:11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
Psalm 13:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever ? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore .
Psalm 44:23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever .
Psalm 49:9 That he should still live for ever , and not see corruption.
Psalm 49:19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever , he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psalm 68:16 Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever .
Psalm 74:1 Maschil of Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever ? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
Psalm 74:3 Lift up thy feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
Psalm 74:10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever ?
Psalm 74:19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove to the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever .
Psalm 77:8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever ? doth his promise fail for evermore?
Psalm 79:5 How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever ? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
Psalm 89:46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever ? shall thy wrath burn like fire?
Psalm 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
Proverbs 21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly .
Isaiah 13:20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory ; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
Isaiah 28:28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.
Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Isaiah 34:10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever .
Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
Jeremiah 3:5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end ? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
Jeremiah 15:18 Why is my pain perpetual , and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether to me as a liar, and as waters that fail?
Jeremiah 50:39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever ; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
Lamentations 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:
Lamentations 5:20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever , and forsake us so long time?
Amos 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever :
Amos 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
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