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, May 25, 2013

Sometimes You Can’t Win

(Proverbs 25:20 KJV)  As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

I return to the literal meaning of a word.  What kind of “heart” (3820) are we talking about here?  None of the translations comes even close to the literal meaning of “heavy” (troubled NASB) (7451a).  It means evil, pure and simple, if you can use the word pure to define evil. 

The evil heart.  It exists.  It responds to us.  If we try to adjust to it, we are rejected and despised.  The two pictures are cold and chemicals.  One brings misery the other destruction.  Sometimes the best thing to do is to avoid it.

So?  Pick your friends.  Pick your locations.  Pick your priorities.  Avoid evil. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I have never taken that verse to mean that, but I DID find ONE translation (Name of God version) that used the term "evil." That being the case, David and Saul come to mind.

Pumice said...

I have never heard of the Name of God version. I will keep my eyes open, maybe it is around and I have just not looked.

Grace and peace.