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March 9th, 2013
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Chris Tomlin, king of the sing-along

By Eric Marrapodi and Tom Foreman, CNN
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Baltimore (CNN) - The capacity crowd at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore is bouncing in unison to the most widely sung music on the planet today. The catwalk above the arena is shaking.

Chris Tomlin grabs the microphone and asks the crowd if they’re ready.

"I feel alive, on God's great dance floor!" He leads the packed venue in singing and jumping.

Tomlin is out touring the country with his latest studio album, “Burning Lights.” In January, it topped the Billboard 200 charts. But unlike those who've enjoyed performances by Beyonce, Johnny Cash and a host of others who've played this Baltimore hall, after these fans stream out the doors they will have ample opportunity to sing Tomlin's songs again, as one.

That is the secret to Tomlin’s success – the stage, the lights, the band - aren’t about him. As lively as his shows are, the point is not to get you inside the doors. The point is to get you singing in church.

“I strive for trying to write something that people can sing, that people want to sing, and that people need to sing,” Tomlin explained before the show.

Tomlin is the undisputed king of worship music, a genre of Christian music sung on Sunday mornings all across the world and increasingly played on Christian radio stations. The music is simple, devotional and easy on the ears.

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“We would say that Chris is the most prolific songwriter in the United States now, in this past decade,” said Howard Rachinski, CEO of Christian Copyright Licensing International, the company that tracks what music is used in churches around the world.

In 2012, CCLI paid out $40 million to artists and musicians, and Tomlin got a healthy slice of that pie. Churches around the world used 128 songs he wrote or co-wrote last year, Rachinski said.

CCLI estimates that every Sunday in the United States, between 60,000 and 120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs. By extrapolating that data, Rachinski says, “our best guess would be in the United States on any given Sunday, 20 to 30 million people would be singing Chris Tomlin's songs.”

In their last two reporting periods, Tomlin had the No. 1 most-sung song and five of the top 25.

Search YouTube for "How Great is Our God" or "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)." Black, white, Asian, big churches, small ones are all belting out Tomlin songs. A lot.

For perspective, consider Tomlin’s musical success against one secular counterpart. In 2012, Katy Perry's record sales dwarfed Tomlin’s, but Billboard reported her songs were played 1.4 million times on the radio. Using CCLI’s low-end calculation, Tomlin’s songs were played 3.12 million times in churches.

Growing up Tomlin

Chris Tomlin was reared in Grand Saline, Texas, heavily influenced by country music. His dad taught him to play the guitar.

“I learned all country music - Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash, all those kind of guys. Those are what my dad played and I played. And I played at my church as well,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin went to college to study sports medicine. “I just didn't know the music would take me here. I loved it and I was getting opportunities to go play, and when I say go play I was starting to write songs of worship even (as) a young kid. I didn't know really what worship music was, what a worship leader was, any of that. I didn't know any of those terms,” he said.

Today, at 40 years old, he is the artist most associated with worship music.

While in college he began singing and writing in earnest. As a senior, he said, he was getting invitations to lead the music for Christian conferences with 10,000 students.

He knew his music was resonating with crowds when he got a call from EMI Publishing after his song “We Fall Down,” which was released in 1998, starting being  played in churches.

“I was just writing songs for the church and from there they just started taking off.”

The compositions are considerably different from pop music. They are simpler, and he takes pains to write them that way.

“I'm thinking as that comes out of my heart as a song of response, I'm trying to think, how can I form this so that everybody, people who are tone deaf, who can't clap on two and four, how can I form this song so they can sing it, so that it is singable?”

Part of that process comes from his love of country music, the simplicity of that music and the stories those songs tell. His goal is to write songs that communicate what people would like to say to God.

“Now, that doesn't happen all the time. I mean, I write so many songs that you never hear because they are not any good.”

Tomlin is the worship pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta. He leads worship there twice a month and beta tests all his new songs on the congregation. Tomlin is also a major draw as the worship leader of the Passion Conferences, a series of Christian conferences around the world. In January, the conference packed out the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with 60,000 college-age students. Billboard magazine noted the conference helped push up pre-sales of Tomlin’s latest CD.

His songs are so sought-after that, even before they're released on CD, they start showing up in CCLI’s online database.

“His songs have probably had the most immediate impact on churches that we have seen in history,” Rachinski said. “Even before you get to street release [of a CD], churches are already networked and engaged with his songs.”

Don’t look for a crossover

Other contemporary Christian musicians, as the music industry designates them, have crossed over to mainstream pop with some success. Tomlin said he has no designs on making that leap.

He also doesn’t need the money. Over the course of his career he’s sold 4.2 million albums, had 6 million digital downloads, a number of sold-out tours, and of course, the copyright royalties.

Tomlin said money isn't what motivates him to write and perform.

“I feel like I have a responsibility,  that God has given me a gift to write songs for his church that people listen to and that people are coming to expect now,” he said. “When I make a record I feel that responsibility that worship leaders, churches are going to say, 'Hey, are these some new songs we can sing in our church?' And I don't take that lightly, and I don't go, ‘Oh let's go do something else fun.’”

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“I haven't invented any new instruments, I haven't created new chords that no one has ever played. I play the same chord that every band plays, we play the same instruments up there, the melodies are melodies. The difference to me in the music is that I ask that God's presence be on it and that people, when they sing these songs, sense that God does something.”

The spotlight is on Tomlin even more than ever after starting the year a top the Billboard charts. As he tours the country at bigger and bigger venues, he would prefer to step out of the spotlight, away from the microphone, and let everyone else sing.

“People would be mad that they paid for a ticket for that. So I do that just occasionally, but that is what I love.”

He said the night before, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, he took as much time as he could to step back and let everyone else sing.

“It was just so beautiful, because I feel like it says something. It's not just like, ‘Hey, listen to me sing.’ This is all of us together. I think when you step back from the mic and it is not about you - and yeah, the light may be on you, but this is about all of us singing. This is about a bigger story, it's about a greater story. It's about a greater name than my name. My name is on the ticket, but this is about a greater name.”

CNN's Oliver Janney, Chris Turner, and Dan Merica contributed to this post.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Music

soundoff (1,754 Responses)
  1. Christos

    I can't wait for his concert! Go Chris Tomlin! Woo!

    March 11, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  2. tony

    Put another nickel in, the nicke -lo. . . .-collection plate.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • George

      They use open weave baskets, the kind that embarrassingly let change fall through, when they prefer bills. Either that, or tinny plates that change makes a loud noise off of. They know all the tricks.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  3. tony

    Gosh! All the supermarkets playing incessant Xmas Carols all December must be really holy places.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • George

      Not much difference between a cash register and a collection plate when you come right down to it. I wonder, do they take credit and debit cards in church these days?

      March 11, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  4. Unchain my Heart

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKEbIMQxCDE

    March 11, 2013 at 10:48 am |
  5. randall

    remember this everyone will be there on judgement day

    March 11, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • End Religion

      no they won't. I've forgotten you already....

      March 11, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      LOL – yeah, i'll hold my breath...

      March 11, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • CNNReader

      Religion is all about love and judgement - an oxymoron.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • tony

      Shouldn't there be a period in there somewhere?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • tony

      Put another nickel in, the nickelo. . . . delection plate.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Len

      If you want to worship some despot who would gladly torture you for not loving him I hear that North Korea is nice in the Spring.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • Len

      Randall
      "Judgment Day"? You mean when Skynet takes over and nukes humanity? The Terminators will be there too, right?

      March 11, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Reasonably

      Will be where?

      March 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  6. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    Stan: Right as Jesus was dying he raised his hand [Stan makes the Vulcan salute] and said, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

    Randy: You're right, Stanley. You're absolutely right. Hey, that Bible sounds like kind of a good book.

    Stan: It ain't bad. You should try reading it some time.

    Kyle: Dude, that was "Star Trek" again! "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few"—that was Wrath of Khan!

    Stan: Oh... Bible, Wrath of Khan, what's the difference?
    -South Park, "Spontaneous Combustion"

    March 11, 2013 at 10:08 am |
  7. Jim L

    I don't recognize the name or music. Hmmm...

    March 11, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Turning Texas Blue

      I know & love Chris Tomlin's music and I'm a Black Baptist! That's how catchy, widespread and cross-over-prone his music is. He's very cool.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:56 am |
    • jt380

      That's a shame, he's really good.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:02 am |
    • Ken

      jt380
      There are hundreds of really good acts outside the world of Christian music too. It would also be a shame not to listen to their music too, wouldn't it?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • jt380

      @Ken

      There are plenty of great artists outside of Christian music. I'm not sure if I implied you could not listen to them as well but yes, it would be a shame not to listen to them as well.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Ken

      jt380
      Maybe, but there are many who would rather their kids not listen to anything without the "Christian" label on it, right? That's what I'm talking about.

      March 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  8. kbs

    Chris Tomlin is a great worship leader. I actually have his cd playing in my car right now. I think it's great that he's not in it for the fame. He has a true understanding of what worship really is. Not too many people can say they would rather have other people sing and the leader step back. May God continue to bless his ministry.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • CountingCeilingTiles4Him

      not in it for the money? LOL.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      LET's Religiosity Law #10 – If you believe any of the christian ass-clowns on television are “helping” you get closer to Jesus and not doing it to get your money, but also have the capacity to be shocked when their misdeeds eventually come to light… well, you are an imbecile. This law is immutable.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Jim

      @ Counting, i know it may be hard to believe, but not everyone does things for money

      March 11, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • ..

      Hope you're not driving right now........

      March 11, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • Len

      Jim
      The article says that he got a sizeable slice of a $40 million pie. Clearly, the guy makes a pretty good living off of his music, eh?

      March 11, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  9. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    Stan Marsh: You don't even know anything about Christianity!
    Eric Cartman: I know enough to exploit it.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  10. We Are the World, We Are the Sheeple, . . .

    Mediocrity in all things – the life blood of America; hallelujha!

    March 11, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  11. Take off

    From sports medicine to music, what a calling! God bless you Chris, in everything you do

    March 11, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • Heal the world

      Bless the world with positive music!

      March 11, 2013 at 8:59 am |
    • Thank you Tomlin
      March 11, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • Lisa

      What's wrong with sports medicine? There are great people out there in sports medicine who are doing wonders with rehabilitating our wounded vets and injured children. Are you saying that singing is more important than that?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      Sports medicine to music, what a calling... I almost forgot that we are "called" to do something, right? So this knucklehead figures he'll go into sports medicine? What kind of calling is that? He finally figured-out the ultimate lazy man's scam, Christianity's value for making zillions of dollars on virtually duping the millions out of there hard earned money. I mean, how are you going to capitalize on Christian sports medicine, isn't that called faith healing? I can see it now, the quarterback is down, it looks as though both of his legs are broken and yes that is a bone sticking-out from under his helmet. Wait, here comes Chris Tomlin! The crowd gets on their feet and starts singing songs, Chris goes down on his knees and clasps his hands together and looks to the heavens and prays with the quarterback, who by now is unconscious. More singing, more praying. I love that good old Christian sports medicine!

      March 11, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • Jim

      @Lisa there is nothing wrong with sports medicine, Im wondering where in teh article or the responses you perceived there was anything wrong with it. the article merely talked about he started out in sports medicine but found that music to him was more of his calling.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • ..

      Jim, clearly Lisa was talking to the OP. Wondering why you couldn't figure that out. Smh.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  12. Tuffpie

    So many Christians. So few lions.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:46 am |
  13. TAR2

    "Millions know his songs, not his name" Really? Who doesn't know Chris Tomlin's name?

    March 11, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • Saraswati

      I never heard of him, but then I'm not the target audience.

      March 11, 2013 at 8:48 am |
    • End Religion

      Doesn't he write elevator jingles?

      March 11, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      I never heard of the guy. But I'm outside The Bubble. I live in the World.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:03 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Never heard of him... but that's most likely because christian "music" sucks balls

      March 11, 2013 at 9:08 am |
    • Me

      Never heard of him. Did he write the lyrics for "Scream and Shout"?

      March 11, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • End Religion

      Chris Tomlin doesn't sound too bad but it just doesn't sound religious to me. Am I missing something?
      http://www.reverbnation.com/chrystinatomlinmusic

      March 11, 2013 at 9:27 am |
    • James PDX

      Never heard of him. Did he write that moving ballad about how god doesn't allow the handicapped into his house because they would defile the place?

      March 11, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Saraswati

      @ER – funny. I'm going to bet she uses the long form of her name these days.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • Me

      It is a catchy tune. "Oh we oh, we oh we oh".

      March 11, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • ..

      Didn't the soldiers sing that in "The Wizard of Oz", ME?

      March 11, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • Ron

      I've never heard of him before now.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • Jesus

      Never heard of him

      March 11, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • jt380

      Lots of hate in the hearts of some repliers....one day you will be truly happy

      March 11, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • Pete

      Tens of millions of Americans haven't heard his name, or heard of his songs either.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "one day you will be truly happy"

      Typical christian ass clown presumptiousness

      March 11, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      How is it "hate" to agree with the article's premise that nobody's ever heard of this character? We actually have never heard of him, just like the article says. I bet you never heard of him either and are just jumping in.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • End Religion

      @jt380: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecutory_delusion

      March 11, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • Akira

      I don't have hate in my heart, and I've never heard of him either, jt.
      I don't see how never having heard of a person equals hate in my heart, but whatever.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • G to the T

      Add me to that list. Never heard of the guy...

      March 11, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • jt380

      @Lucifer's Evil Twin....you sound very angry and all i can do is wonder why.

      @End Religion....thanks for the link. Not sure why you posted it, but thanks all the same.

      March 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Tommy

      Is he the lead singer of "Faith +1" ?

      March 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  14. Sing along

    Excellent article! Time for music to fill the hearts and minds of depressed souls.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • Fan of Tomlin's lyrics

      Tomlin's musicality is one of the best, admirably fantastic!

      March 11, 2013 at 8:53 am |
    • Science

      Tap that soul right off the shoe so it can be replaced or repaired.

      March 11, 2013 at 8:53 am |
    • Observation

      If you lack emotion, motivation you are likely suffering from a malady.

      March 11, 2013 at 8:58 am |
    • ..

      Listing to this pap made me more depressed.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • Pete

      ..
      Yup, Christian music is very depressing. It's like listening to Nazi patriotic songs.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Jim

      @Pete every genre of music has what you call depressing music, try listemning Micheal w Smithm Casting crowns, Kutless, Newsboys, JesusCulture, and several more out there that have very up beat christian rock tunes that deliver a very good message. and to Lucifers Evil twin, if you dont like the music or Christianity, then why are you on here commenting? unless you are truly searching for something better/

      March 11, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • End Religion

      Jim, I'm here because your delusion is entertaining. Now, tell me more about this thing I am here searching for...?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:44 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @Jim – it's called free speech... look it up.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • Len

      The article says that he got a healthy slice of $40 million last year, so I guess his pockets were being "filled" too.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Len

      Jim
      By now, most people know that there are loads of atheists on this blog, so perhaps we should assume that you're the one searching for something here?

      March 11, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "why are you on here commenting? unless you are truly searching for something better" Funny how you all seem to have that delusion about "searching." Are you sure that you aren't the ones looking for a way out?

      March 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  15. Reality

    Christian music? It should be called Myth Music!!!

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con/

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15: 14, Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Ascension ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers.

    The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    p.4

    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    p.168. by Ted Peters:

    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:27 am |
    • Jim

      I love how you take one verse to try to make yyour illogical claim. Next time try reading at least teh whole chapter, that way you can get the context of the meaning of one verse. Second there are over 25,000 writings outside of the Bible that proclaim the writing s of the Bible, these wrings occured over many years and have been found to be 96% accurate( the inaccuracies come from word changes not context changes). this means that in order for the Bible to be viewed as a "fairy tale" there would have had to have been a conspiracy spanning over 300 years, involving people not born yet. so nice try

      March 11, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • End Religion

      Jim the bible is an immoral work of fiction. It is no more relevant to truths of our universe than Green Eggs & Ham.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Which God?

      Oh dnag it all, ER. I know green eggs and ham exist. I had some in the service. Not too bad when you are really hungry.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • Which God?

      Oh dang it all, ER. I know green eggs and ham exist. I had some in the service. Not too bad when you are really hungry.

      March 11, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • End Religion

      They must have been good – apparently you had 2 helpings!

      March 11, 2013 at 11:10 am |
  16. richunix

    test

    March 11, 2013 at 8:22 am |
  17. Austin

    @kevobx. Here is the first response to one of your main assertions , about the term, "I am black " referring to Jeremiah verse. And it would not bother me anyway, God has many promises that He will keep, does he not have a plan for Israel?

    Here is Strongs concordance , for thenHebrew word for black, and the translation possibilities. I do not see any interpretation from the Hebrew indicating that this refers to skin, rather a mood or emotional condition.

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    qadar: to be dark
    Original Word: קָדַר
    Part of Speech: Verb
    Transliteration: qadar
    Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-dar')
    Short Definition: mourning

    Word Origin
    a prim. root
    Definition
    to be dark
    NASB Translation
    become dark (1), dark (1), darken (2), grew black (1), grow dark (2), mourn (3), mourning (6), sit (1), turbid (1).

    קָדַר verb be dark (dull-coloured, compare Arabic be dirty (on = ד see NöZMG xl (1886), 729); Late Hebrew Hiph`il (of face) shew gloom; ᵑ7J קְדַר be dark); —

    Qal Perfect consecutive וְקָדַר Micah 3:6; 1singular קָדַרְתִּי Jeremiah 8:21, etc.; Participle קֹדֵר Psalm 35:14 +; plural קֹדְרִים Job 5:11; Job 6:16; — be dark, of sky Jeremiah 4:28 (leaden-coloured, as with clouds, see Hithpa`el), of sun and moon Joel 2:10; Joel 4:15; figurative of lack of revelation from ׳י, עֲלֵיהֶם הַיּוֺם ׳וְק Micah 3:6; of turbid stream Job 6:16; figurative of mourning (probably be squalid, of neglected person and dress of mourner, compare 2 Samuel 19:25) Jeremiah 8:21; Jeremiah 14:2 (לָאָרֶץ, metaphor of gates); Job 5:11; Job 30:28 (בְּלֹא חַמָּה), Psalm 35:14; Psalm 38:7; Psalm 42:10; Psalm 43:2.

    Hiph`il 1. darken: Perfect1singular consecutive וְהִקְדַּרְתִּי Ezekiel 32:7 (object stars), compare Imperfect1singular suffix אַקְדִּירֵם עָלֶיךָ Ezekiel 32:8.

    2 cause to mourn וָאַקְדִּר עָלָיו לְבָנוֺן Ezekiel 31:15.

    Hithpa`el Perfect3plural וְהַשָּׁמַיִם הִתְקַדְּרוּ עָבִים 1 Kings 18:45 and the heavens grew dark with clouds.

    be blackish, be make darken, heavily, cause to mourn

    A primitive root; to be ashy, i.e. Dark-colored; by implication, to mourn (in sackcloth or sordid garments) - be black(-ish), be (make) dark(-en), X heavily, (cause to) mourn.

    אַקְדִּירֵ֖ם אקדירם הִֽתְקַדְּרוּ֙ הַקֹּדְרִ֥ים הקדרים התקדרו וְ֝קֹדְרִ֗ים וְהִקְדַּרְתִּ֖י וְקָדְר֥וּ וְקָדַ֥ר וָאַקְדִּ֤ר ואקדר והקדרתי וקדר וקדרו וקדרים קָדְר֣וּ קָדַ֕רְתִּי קָדָ֑רוּ קָדָ֔רוּ קֹדֵ֣ר קֹדֵ֥ר קדר קדרו קדרתי ’aq·dî·rêm ’aqdîrêm akdiRem hakkodeRim haq·qō·ḏə·rîm haqqōḏərîm hiṯ·qad·də·rū hitkaddeRu hiṯqaddərū kaDarti kaDaru kadeRu koDer qā·ḏā·rū qā·ḏar·tî qā·ḏə·rū qāḏartî qāḏārū qāḏərū qō·ḏêr qōḏêr vaakDir vehikdarTi vekaDar vekadeRu vekodeRim wā’aqdir wā·’aq·dir wə·hiq·dar·tî wə·qā·ḏar wə·qā·ḏə·rū wə·qō·ḏə·rîm wəhiqdartî wəqāḏar wəqāḏərū wəqōḏərîm

    Strong's Hebrew 6937
    17 Occurrences

    ’aq·dî·rêm — 1 Occ.
    haq·qō·ḏə·rîm — 1 Occ.
    hiṯ·qad·də·rū — 1 Occ.
    qā·ḏar·tî — 1 Occ.
    qā·ḏā·rū — 2 Occ.
    qā·ḏə·rū — 1 Occ.
    qō·ḏêr — 5 Occ.
    wā·’aq·dir — 1 Occ.
    wə·hiq·dar·tî — 1 Occ.
    wə·qā·ḏar — 1 Occ.
    wə·qā·ḏə·rū — 1 Occ.
    wə·qō·ḏə·rîm — 1 Occ.

    1 Kings 18:45
    BIB: כֹּ֗ה וְהַשָּׁמַ֙יִם֙ הִֽתְקַדְּרוּ֙ עָבִ֣ים וְר֔וּחַ
    NAS: the sky grew black with clouds
    KJV: that the heaven was black with clouds
    INT: such the sky grew clouds and wind
    Job 5:11
    BIB: שְׁפָלִ֣ים לְמָר֑וֹם וְ֝קֹדְרִ֗ים שָׂ֣גְבוּ יֶֽשַׁע׃
    NAS: those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted
    KJV: those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted
    INT: are lowly high mourn are lifted to safety

    Job 6:16
    BIB: הַקֹּדְרִ֥ים מִנִּי־ קָ֑רַח
    NAS: Which are turbid because of ice
    KJV: Which are blackish by reason of the ice,
    INT: are turbid because of ice

    Job 30:28
    BIB: קֹדֵ֣ר הִ֭לַּכְתִּי בְּלֹ֣א
    NAS: I go about mourning without
    KJV: I went mourning without the sun:
    INT: mourning go without

    Psalm 35:14
    BIB: כַּאֲבֶל־ אֵ֝֗ם קֹדֵ֥ר שַׁחֽוֹתִי׃
    NAS: I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows
    KJV: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth
    INT: one A mother mourning bowed

    Psalm 38:6
    BIB: כָּל־ הַ֝יּ֗וֹם קֹדֵ֥ר הִלָּֽכְתִּי׃
    NAS: bowed down; I go mourning all day
    KJV: I go mourning all the day
    INT: all day mourning go

    Psalm 42:9
    BIB: שְׁכַ֫חְתָּ֥נִי לָֽמָּה־ קֹדֵ֥ר אֵלֵ֗ךְ בְּלַ֣חַץ
    NAS: do I go mourning because of the oppression
    KJV: me? why go I mourning because of the oppression
    INT: forgotten Why mourning go of the oppression

    Psalm 43:2
    BIB: זְנַ֫חְתָּ֥נִי לָֽמָּה־ קֹדֵ֥ר אֶתְהַלֵּ֗ךְ בְּלַ֣חַץ
    NAS: do I go mourning because of the oppression
    KJV: why go I mourning because of the oppression
    INT: rejected Why mourning go of the oppression

    Jeremiah 4:28
    BIB: תֶּאֱבַ֣ל הָאָ֔רֶץ וְקָדְר֥וּ הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם מִמָּ֑עַל
    NAS: above be dark, Because
    KJV: above be black: because I have spoken
    INT: shall mourn the earth be dark and the heavens above

    Jeremiah 8:21
    BIB: עַמִּ֖י הָשְׁבָּ֑רְתִּי קָדַ֕רְתִּי שַׁמָּ֖ה הֶחֱזִקָֽתְנִי׃
    NAS: I am broken; I mourn, dismay
    KJV: am I hurt; I am black; astonishment
    INT: of my people I am broken mourn dismay has taken

    Jeremiah 14:2
    BIB: וּשְׁעָרֶ֥יהָ אֻמְלְל֖וּ קָדְר֣וּ לָאָ֑רֶץ וְצִוְחַ֥ת
    NAS: languish; They sit on the ground
    KJV: thereof languish; they are black unto the ground;
    INT: gates languish sit the ground and the cry

    Ezekiel 31:15
    BIB: מַ֣יִם רַבִּ֑ים וָאַקְדִּ֤ר עָלָיו֙ לְבָנ֔וֹן
    NAS: up, and I made Lebanon mourn for it, and all
    KJV: and I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees
    INT: waters and many mourn account Lebanon

    Ezekiel 32:7
    BIB: בְכַבּֽוֹתְךָ֙ שָׁמַ֔יִם וְהִקְדַּרְתִּ֖י אֶת־ כֹּֽכְבֵיהֶ֑ם
    NAS: the heavens and darken their stars;
    KJV: the stars thereof dark; I will cover
    INT: and when extinguish the heavens and darken their stars the sun

    Ezekiel 32:8
    BIB: אוֹר֙ בַּשָּׁמַ֔יִם אַקְדִּירֵ֖ם עָלֶ֑יךָ וְנָתַ֤תִּי
    NAS: in the heavens I will darken over
    KJV: of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set
    INT: lights the heavens will darken over and will set

    Joel 2:10
    BIB: שֶׁ֤מֶשׁ וְיָרֵ֙חַ֙ קָדָ֔רוּ וְכוֹכָבִ֖ים אָסְפ֥וּ
    NAS: and the moon grow dark And the stars
    KJV: and the moon shall be dark, and the stars
    INT: the sun and the moon grow and the stars lose

    Joel 3:15
    BIB: שֶׁ֥מֶשׁ וְיָרֵ֖חַ קָדָ֑רוּ וְכוֹכָבִ֖ים אָסְפ֥וּ
    NAS: and moon grow dark And the stars
    KJV: and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars
    INT: the sun and moon grow and the stars lose

    Micah 3:6
    BIB: עַל־ הַנְּבִיאִ֔ים וְקָדַ֥ר עֲלֵיהֶ֖ם הַיּֽוֹם׃
    NAS: And the day will become dark over
    KJV: and the day shall be dark over them.
    INT: over the prophets will become over and the day

    17 Occurrences

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    March 11, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • ..

      Damn, Austin, you're as biring as that nit-wit Reality. Didn't somebody say kevobx is a poe? Get the clue. He's fucking with you.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      I hope you don't think that empty jug is going to answer you with anything but more trolling.

      March 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  18. Steve

    Matthew 6:5-6

    5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

    Just throwing this out there.

    March 11, 2013 at 7:14 am |
    • Science

      Sounds like chad bait

      peace

      March 11, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • actorforchrist

      "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods." Psalm 95

      March 11, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • Science

      Guees what GRAVITY WINS

      Curtains Down for the Black Hole Firewall Paradox: Making Gravity Safe for Einstein Again

      Gravity WINS splat goes the fairy in the sky. (facts too)

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130306084151.htm

      March 11, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • End Religion

      @actorforchrist: stick to acting. Your religion is a sham.

      March 11, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Ken

      actorforchrist
      Why does that remind me of the movie(s) Footloose? How do the anti-dancing Christians feel about this kind of music? Do they wiggle their bums to it, I wonder?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:00 am |
    • Mike K

      It's called The Great Commission.

      March 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  19. TruthBeTold

    I believe all men and women are born equal, regardless race or religion.

    No one race is above another.

    No one religion is above another.

    March 11, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • Steve

      You are right. 🙂

      March 11, 2013 at 7:14 am |
  20. Jacob

    Tomlin's music is positive, encouraging and uplifting. My devotionals include listening to these songs. Keep up the great work! God bless you as you touch lives every singly day, for the greater good.
    Love you Tomlin, keep on keeping on!

    March 11, 2013 at 6:17 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Being happy is always good.

      March 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
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