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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Duck Abomination

(Proverbs 17:15 KJV)  He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

There seems to be a play on words in the Hebrew.  The key nouns and verbs are derivatives of each other.  Take “justifies” (6663) and “just” (righteous NASB) (6662).  The similarities come through in the English of the KJV.  Notice that the numbers by the words are consecutive.  In this case it means that the root word is 6663 and the derived word is 6662.  We see the same relationship between “condemns” (7561), the root, and  “wicked” (7563), the derivation.

As Christians we should know God’s standards and apply them.  We should also look at our political and judicial leaders and expect them to follow the same standards.  One of my students was denying something that was obvious the other day.  I started to say, “If it walks like a duck...” and the student next to him finished the saying for me.  If an eighth grader can get it then you would think a judge or a senator could get it.

You would assume the difference would be clear to people who claim to follow Jesus.

So?  Recognize evil.  You have the measuring stick and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  We have a world that needs salt and light.  Stand tall. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Unfortunately, half the adults in America aren't as smart as that eighth-grader.

Pumice said...

And many have never seen a duck walk.

Grace and peace.