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  • Writer's pictureEdward Riederich

Say "Shibboleth"


Judges 12:5-6 The Gileadites seized the fords of the Jordan before the Ephraimites arrived. And when any Ephraimite who escaped said, "Let me cross over," the men of Gilead would say to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he said, "No," then they would say to him, "Then say, 'Shibboleth'!" And he would say, "Sibboleth' for he could not pronounce it right. Then they would take him and kill him at the fords of the Jordan. There fell at that time forty-two thousand Ephraimites. 


This code word was a little different than "open sesame"

How they pronounced the word exposed the enemy 

Shibboleth

Sibboleth

To say this unique word each person tried

What they said mattered whether they lived or died

Just speak the word correctly and you could cross

But the Ephraimites that day experienced  great loss

Oh and please don't forget the "H"

They were judged individually case by case


It seems some "H's" have been left out today 

With some "H" words we have done away 

Shibboleth

Sibboleth

Some leave out the "H" of Hell

They say Sibboleth, can't you tell?

Some leave out the "H" of holiness

So in their walk they never progress

Some leave out the "H" of the Holy Spirit

They pronounce Sibboleth, can you hear it?


Sibboleth is spoken repeatedly in the church

Tune your ear in and you will hear it in your search 

Shibboleth

Sibboleth

Thousands said it wrong and could not cross the river 

In their omission there was no help to deliver 

Both of these words sounded the same 

Unless you listened closely to each name 

In the Christian world today it is my suspicion 

The word is pronounced but there is still omission


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