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, February 22, 2014

God Preserves

(Pro 22:12 KJV)  The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

God must have a role in the ongoing process of learning.  He will “preserve” (5341) “knowledge” (1847).  I think this could be looked at as a promise concerning the integrity of our Bibles.  Think of all the different hands over the years that have been involved in preserving and translating the Greek and Hebrew texts.  If we do not believe that the HS has a constant hand in preserving the Word, we could have some real issues.

Christians believe that scripture is inspired, or “God breathed.”  We believe that the original manuscripts were crafted by God and said exactly what He wanted them to say.  The task of scholars and translators is to put into our native language the thoughts that originally came from God in Hebrew and Greek.  I also believe that the preservation of the text has been overseen by God.  All translators and translations are not inspired.  Some are heretical.  The point I want to make is that well trained, believing, spirit filled scholars are also guided by the Holy Spirit.

So?  Find a solid translation and stick with it.  Enjoy the paraphrases but don’t make them your standard fare.  Trust the original.  Have confidence in the translation.  Anticipate how the Holy Spirit will teach.


Gorges Smythe said...

Good advice!

Pumice said...

Think how much better our world would be if people would actually read the Word.

Grace and peace.