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.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Getting the Kinks Out

(Proverbs 17:20 KJV)  He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

What is a “froward” (crooked NASB) (6141) “heart” (mind NASB) (3820) ?  It is still in the dictionary but most of us will need to look at the modern translations.

Do you remember the nursery rhyme and song about the crooked man?  I Googled it and the version I remember was nowhere.  But on Wikipedia there was an interesting note.  It was labeled “Cultural references.”  It had a list of places the concept was used.  Strangely, or not so strange, it had no mention of the book of Proverbs where it is a common concept.

The Bible teaches that people have a “crooked” (6141) “mind” (3820), or “froward heart.”  Our orientation is toward “evil” (7463a).  We all start out that way.  We are sinners.  Some respond to the call of God and His grace straightens us out.

So?  Make sure that you have been straightened out.  You can’t do it.  Education can’t do it.  Therapy can’t do it.  Only the grace of God can unkink us.  Got crooks? 


Gorges Smythe said...

Definitions aren't the only thing suffering due to lack of Bible reading. I've heard it said that the letters and poetry of folks a century or two ago were far more expressive and "poetic" than those written today, primarily due to most people today not growing up reading the King James Version of the Bible. (Not that many read any other version either.)

Pumice said...

I am finding that one of the rewards of doing this blog is from taking another look at the KJV. I have never had trouble with its reliability, just it's language. I am finding that sometimes being forced to look up a word is more than balanced by the word pictures it sometimes has in its literal translations.

This week I got a chance to use it in class when someone said that John Brown had been called an "angel of light" and thought that was a good thing.

Grace and peace.