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 1, 2013

The Simple Trap

(Proverbs 1:32 KJV)  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

If I can maintain the focus, this month I am going to be seeking out places where my reference NASB has an alternate translation in the margin.  Sometimes it designates it “literally” or just says “or.”  The older translations use the literal more often than the modern ones.  I often find that the literal translation is a great word picture and if the translators would just give us that, the Holy Spirit can do the rest.

But I assume that serious believers have their minds engaged and are seeking wisdom.

Which brings us to the marginal note of the day, which you won’t need in the KJV because it already talks about the “simple” (6612).  The NASB has “naive” (6612a).  This word is used three times in the first chapter of Proverbs so it must have something to do with wisdom or the lack of it.  I think that the old “simple” is better because it is stronger.  The point of this verse is that being simple is dangerous.  Read that verse again.  Don’t try to get too subtle.  Look at the simple warning.

So?  Seek wisdom.  Be open to the teaching of the Holy Spirit.  God expects us to make use of the resources He has made available.


Covnitkepr1 said...

To my way of thinking and study of His Word...I find that individual "word study" absolutely gives me a more thorough understanding of what He is saying.

David C Brown said...

Listen to wisdom.
My marginal note is 'or turning back,.

Walking in the Light said...

Bible study is important for a relationship with God and for His guidance in this sinful world.
I write a weekly blog on my Bible studies through BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). There are other spiritual writings there as well. Please check it out.

"Walking in the Light" -


Pumice said...

Covenant Keeper, That was originally why I liked the NASB. I have been surprised to see how often the KJV is more literal. It has been one benefit for me on this blog.

David, I like that reading, too. Thanks for the contribution.

Linda, I will see if I can link over and take a look. I find that writing this helps my personal focus.

To all, Grace and Peace.