Agony in the Garden

Gethsemane – what does that mean?

Gethsemane is a corruption into English of two Hebrew words GAT and SHMANIM. It is taken to mean “the place where olive oil is pressed”.

Now, here is a further insight into the Hebrew words GAT and SHMANIM.

GAT, as a Hebrew word by itself (Hebrew: gimel, tav), means a winepress.

SHMANIN means oils, and is the plural of the Hebrew word SHEMEN, for oil.

A literal translation of GAT SHMANIM would be “winepress of oils”.

Agony in the Garden

Copyright 2013 By Diana Rasmussen
At the foot of the Mountain of Olives
In the corner of the Garden
The Son of Man lies crumpled and torn.
In a body to be battered and scorned.
His soul is full of troubles,
His life draws near to the grave.
The terror of death assaults Him
As His sweat turns into blood.
Agony in the garden,
Crushed by sorrow and distress.
He is poured out like water,
His heart melts like wax.
His heart is in anguish.
Terrors of death have fallen.
Floods of destruction sweep over.
Anguish of the grave comes over Him.
He treads the wine-press alone.
The precious oil is poured out.
Jesus is pressed and crushed.
All for the sins of men.


Diana Rasmussen is a Faith Builder, Worship Leader, Veteran's wife, and a Certified Peer Specialist. At her blog Prayers and Promises she shares from her heart on how to find hope in this crazy world!

18 thoughts on “Agony in the Garden

  1. Diana, that was absolutely beautiful. What a beautiful offering to our Lord and a wonderful reminder to His beloved bride of just how high a price He was willing to pay for us.

    Much love to you and many blessings,

    1. Thank you Daryl. I am in a song writing forum, and we are writing about Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. Blessings! Diana

      1. I just listened to the song. Great! I really enjoy the content of your blog. There are no “empty reads”, but rather each one has something important to say. Peace be unto you!

        1. Thank you Daryl for your faithfulness and kindness. Blessings and peace to you and your family! Diana

  2. Just saw Passion for the first time and my other blog is based on those moments, the one hour he wanted his disciples to pray. That’s why I get up at 5 or 5:30 every morning and pray. To be with him in that Garden. Anyway, recognized that powerful picture you put up with Satan in the background.

    1. That film is amazing. Mad me cry, again and again. I am with you in early morning prayer, there is nothing else like it. God tells you secret things and reveals His plans for the day. What is your other blog? I would love to follow…

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