When Did The Biblical Word ‘KEEP’ Become ‘OBEY?

Further to my earlier articles entitled….

“Should Christians Keep The Old Covenant Commandments?”

“SINNERS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, So How Do We Become Sinless and Perfect?”

“1 John 5:3 Why Are YASHUA MESSIAH’S Commandments Not Grievous?”

….and all here on my page blog, I thought it was time to finish this aggravating subject off completely with this final death blow to all the satanic Judaising Commandment OBEYING mongrel dogs out there. Notice, I used the words Commandment OBEYING and NOT Commandment KEEPING and below, if you continue reading, you’ll find out why.

First, though, a list of definitions from a secular dictionary to reveal what the word ‘keep’ means and from The Online Free Dictionary:


1) To retain possession of: kept the change; must keep your composure.

2) To have as a supply: keep spare parts in case of emergency.

3) To provide (a family, for example) with maintenance and support: “There’s little to earn and many to keep” (Charles Kingsley).

4) To support (a mistress or lover) financially.

5) To put customarily; store: Where do you keep your saw?

6) To raise: keep chickens.

7) To maintain for use or service: an urbanite who didn’t keep a car.

8) To manage, tend, or have charge of: Keep the shop while I’m away.

9) To preserve (food).

10) To cause to continue in a state, condition, or course of action: tried to keep the patient calm.

11) To maintain records in: keep a yearly diary.

12) To enter (data) in a book: keep financial records.

13) To detain: was kept after school.

14) To restrain: kept the child away from the stove; kept the crowd back with barriers.

15) To prevent or deter: tried to keep the ice from melting.

16) To refrain from divulging: keep a secret.

17) To adhere or conform to; follow: keep late hours.

18) To celebrate; observe: keep a ritual.

Now as you can see, none of the above definitions carry the meaning of outright obedience and if we are in the habit of keeping something we’re not actually obeying, we’re holding on to something or possessing something and yet the dogs of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion would have us believe or think otherwise when using this word ‘keep’.

In definition 17 we can see ‘adhere to’ or ‘conform’ to something, but is that anything other than our agreement to do so – a voluntary action on our part? OK, one can conform to rules which are not necessarily Laws, but does it always have to be rules? No, it can be to act in accordance with or be in harmony with or comply with societal norms and not enforced at all i.e. to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of a society or a group, or to be herd minded like wildebeests. In my opinion modern conformists are unthinking unquestioning zombies who cannot think or act for themselves i.e. slaves and as confirmed by this man:

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

– Charles Mackay, 1841

However, although important, this is not really the point I am making here because point 17 is just one out 18 definitions which all refer to the word ‘keep’ and it meaning all things but obedience!! So how do the Judaising mongrel dog numb skulls in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion come to the conclusion that the word ‘keep’ automatically means ‘obey’? Where do they get it from? All will be revealed and before we move on let’s get some Scriptural related insight on to this crucial subject:

And from Strong’s Concordance New Testament Greek:

Keep or Keepeth – G5083 – tereo – tay-reh’-o – From teros (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), that is, to note a prophecy; [figuratively (or metaphorically) to fulfil a command]; by implication to detain (in custody; figuratively to maintain); by extension to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively to keep unmarried): – hold fast, keep (-er), (ob-, pre-, re) serve, watch.

So what have we got here? Looks to me like we have agreement with the secular definitions for the word ‘keep’ and no mention of the words OBEY or OBEDIENCE at all. We have, first and foremost, ‘to keep watch’ and ‘to keep a guard’ or ‘to keep an eye on’ or ‘to be watchful’ and ‘to prevent escaping’ or ‘to prevent losing’ or ‘to hold fast as precious’ and ‘not let go of’.

Now what have these accurate and specific definitions of the Greek word ‘tereo’ got to do with obeying and/or obedience? Answer NOTHING!!! Absolutely NOTHING!!! Yet what do they try and do? I’ll tell you, they bung in a load of figurative or metaphorical lying gobbledegook and say “figuratively to fulfil a command.”

This agenda based opinion, by addition, my friends, is pure unadulterated codswallop – total Judaising mongrel dog religious humbug. How do you know that and how can you be so sure? Easy and we’ll go the OT Hebrew definitions for our proof and evidence and to confirm what I have been saying is true.

And from Strong’s Concordance Old Testament Hebrew:

Keep or Keepeth – H8104 – shâmar – shaw-mar’ – A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.: – beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch (-man).

Moreover, and before I continue lets KEEP in mind that the Old Testament was the era for the OBEDIENCE to The Law and The Commandments – this is when The Law and The Commandments were in force. This is when the Israelites were supposed to be OBEYING The Commandments but seldom did so.

However what do we find in Strong’s definitions for the word ‘keep’ from the OT Hebrew? 1) ‘to hedge about as with thorns’ i.e. ‘to protect’ or ‘to guard’ as in the Greek NT, 2) ‘to attend to that protection’ 3) ‘to take heed’ 4) ‘to look and/or observe’ 5) ‘to regard i.e. value and preserve’ and so on and so forth but NO REFERENCE TO OBEYING. Now as I said, this is OT times with The Law and/or The Commandments well and truly in force, but no reference to OBEYING with regard to the word ‘keep’. Why is that? Here is why:

Exodus 20:6 (KJV) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and KEEP my Commandments. (All caps mine)

Let’s get it through our heads folks, Yashua Messiah, the God of the Old Testament, never wanted OBEDIENCE, just our LOVE FOR HIM and a voluntary willingness to following Him not a bit and bridle commanded authoritarian following within the condemning chains of The Law and The Commandments.

He confirms this for us here, again in His Old Testament:

Psalm 32:9 (KJV) Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Finally, now that I have revealed what the word ‘keep’ really means, read these New Testament Holy Scriptures in The Light i.e. His GRACE Light and let’s be done with all this satanic Judaising mongrel dog nonsense of OUR trying to OBEY The Commandments but, rather, to KEEP The Commandments as was always Yashua Messiah’s intention – willingly and voluntarily because we LOVE HIM and His Commandments:

John 14:15 (KJV) If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 15:10 (KJV) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.

John 14:21 KJV) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

1 John 2:4 (KJV) He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and The Truth is not in him.

1 John 3:24 (KJV) And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by The Spirit which He hath given us.

1 John 5:2 (KJV) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments.

1 John 5:3 (KJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.

Revelation 12:17 (KJV) And The Dragon was wroth with The Woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:12 (KJV) Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and The Faith of Jesus. (All emphasis mine)

I trust you have all found this article to be freeing, helpful and GRACE FILLED.

11 thoughts on “When Did The Biblical Word ‘KEEP’ Become ‘OBEY?

  1. …21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save your souls. 22Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. 23For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror,…
    James 2

      • Please explain. It say doer of the word not keeper. It is obvious. However please how exactly do you reconcile this verse with your teaching. I am struggling to understand you?

      • I fail to see what point you are trying to make. The subject is KEEPING the Commandments, that is, keeping hold of as precious or keeping a watchful eye upon due to their priceless high value. What part of my article did you not understand? Why are you struggling? Explain yourself.

        Do you live under The Law or under His Grace.

  2. Matthew 23:23
    23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay tithes of mint, dill, and cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
    Here Jesus says practice or do that weightier matters of the Law. It is true they had no word for obey but Shemar included that idea. Jesus seems to suggest the very same thing. James says be ye doers not hearers or keeper. Why can you not clarify this point. Your article is forcing an illogical position. Jesus suggest they should have been doers of the weightier matters of the Law. After all He was perfect in His doing of the Law.

    • Yashua Messiah was UNDER THE LAW – The LAW was nailed to the stake.

      Yashua Messiah’s followers are UNDER HIS GRACE.

      THE LAW is for the LAWLESS = people like YOU – JUDAISING MONGREL DOGS! Any further satanic comments from you will be trashed!

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  4. David inspired by God wrote the Psalms, and he was in a hurry to keep the law.
    119:60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
    The Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ, fulfilled the Law He once gave to Moses.
    God descended from Heaven to come and redeem His people. The Child of Bethlehem and now the Only High Priest, and the Everlasting King, fulfilled the Law of God to the very end. HE did it all for us. We are under grace. This cannot be repeated enough.
    That’s why I think it is so important to know Who Jesus Christ is while walking on earth. It is also a way to bring glory to His wonderful Name. Jesus Christ the Royal Judahite.
    Great article, Mr. Charles.

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