An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Can “Kidney” Be a Verb?

(Proverbs 23:16 KJV)  Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

Is the conscience given or learned?  This verse reminds us that we have one but does not clarify how we got it.  We can say that there are “reins" (inmost being NASB) (3629) that know the difference between “right” (4339) and wrong.

When I switched over from the NASB to KJV I was startled at the translation of “reins.”  When I compared several translations I found a feast of words.  The word literally means “kidneys” and in modern thinking we might put “heart” or “mind.”  The idea of reigns refers to that part of us which controls us.

The point for me today is that I know right from wrong.  God has made the knowledge available and through His grace and the Holy Spirit He has made it possible to obey.

So?  Today is about obedience.  Most people would be so much better if they would just do what they know to do.  We can be in that small group that does not need to regret our choices every day.

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