To day, To morrow
Inflection, with the simple word to, stresses the Priority.
By adding the simple preposition, to, an urgency, a priority, is stated!
“Harden not your hearts, as in the day of provocation…” Hebrews 3:8
-the day is just a historical reference, it’s not a priority.
“…To day if you will hear his voice…” Hebrews 3:7,15
- When? NOW! No longer a mere reference, it’s the priority!
- About 100 years ago, to day morphed into today, and we lost some of the urgency.
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself” - Mt. 6:34
- the morrow could include a distant day after this, a general look to the future.
“…which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven…” - Mt 6:30
- This day (now) and the very next day - the here and now - immediate!
- The to ‘inflects’ the word morrow - giving emphasis and priority.
- This inflection is now diminished as it is universally spelled tomorrow.
“And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick….Go to, let us build us a city…” - Genesis 11:3,4
- The focus and urgency to build, for it wasn’t simply a casual suggestion: go, let us make brick - it was go to! Now! Do it now!
- The Lord states the urgency, the necessity for immediate action (11:6) then commands in kind: “Go to, let us go down, and confound their language…” (11:7).
- Modern versions change go to into a less urgent and opposite directional come. It’s a small and subtle change that weakens the modern versions.