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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What “If”?

(Proverbs 24:11 KJV)  If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

If you have a translation other than the KJV you struggle to figure out where the word “if” (518) belongs.  Every major translation, except the KJV, has this as a command.  Thus the NASB starts with “deliver” (5337) instead of “if”.  The word is there.  In the NASB it is at the end of the verse and translated “O.”  It seems that the basic meaning of the word is “if” but it very much depends on the context.

In reality, the command is there.  We are supposed to see it as our duty to help those who are in crisis.  The context here seems to refer to war and its effects but the principle can be applied to our every day lives.

So?  Look around you.  Make a difference. 

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