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, November 11, 2012

Winning Souls

(Proverbs 11:30 KJV)  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

What an unusual statement for the Old Testament.  Look at that second phrase.  We don’t think of the OT as talking about winning souls, yet there it is.

It is not a mistranslation.  This is the Hebrew word “nephesh.”  It is a very common word in the Old Testament and is usually translated “soul.”  The next most common translation is “life.” 

Here is an additional part of the definition of wisdom, winning souls.  It means that the wise person sees the perspective of eternity and is concerned about bringing people to Jesus.

So?  Even the book of Proverbs is concerned about evangelism and discipling.  Maybe we should be too. 

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