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.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Shades of Truth

(Proverbs 22:21 KJV)  That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

This verse is loaded with figurative translations that take away the edge.  First of all we see that “certainty” (7189b) is literally the word “truth.”  It is not the same word for “truth” (571) used two other times in the KJV.  The KJV is closer to being literal here.  The NASB uses “correctly” (571) as a synonym for “truth.”

The first one emphasizes the idea of balanced truth.  The second has the concept of reliability and stability.  One might be experience, the other absolute. 

If I had to do a Pumice Pathetic Paraphrase it might go,
(Proverbs 22:21 PPP) To force you to acknowledge the truth of the words of truth so you can answer with truth.
So?  Our lives are based in truth not opinion, fashion or consensus.  You cannot be set free until you know the truth.  Read, study, think, pray, listen.

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