Creation and Commission: Genesis 1 to 3 – Translation and Commentary

The name ’Elohiym implies that all three “Almighty” Persons of the one Triune God have from all eternity sworn an oath and made a Covenant of love with One Another.  Cf. John 17:5,24; First Corinthians 2:10-11; Hebrews 6:l3-8.   A “Covenant” is an oath between two or more persons promising blessing for obedience and threatening a curse for disobedience.   Cf. Genesis 1:26 & 1:28 & 2:16-17 & 6:12-19 & 9:1-17 & 15:1-17 & 17:1-19 & 21:22-23 & 22:11-18 &  26:1-5 & 26:25-31 & 27:27-29 & 28:12f & 31:42-55 & 32:9-12 & Jeremiah 34:13-20 and Hosea 6:7 etc.   So the covenantal meaning of ’Elohiym would then be: “I swear I would no longer be God if I were not triune”; or “I swear I would no longer be God  if the Father were not to keep His Word or Son in the power of His Spirit.”