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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Shake on It

(Proverbs 11:21 KJV)  Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

We have a difference between the KJV and the NASB translations.  Where the KJV talks about joining hands the NASB says “assuredly” (3027).  The word literally means “hand” and is usually translated that way but has a wide spread of special applications.  Here I think the idea is that you are sealing a deal with a handshake. 

We are supposed to be people of integrity.  That means our word is our bond, or it should be.  That is why James tells us,
(James 5:12 KJV)  But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
How many times have people tried to weasel out of a promise by claiming they had their fingers crossed or that you don’t have it in writing?  As Christians we are above that.

So?  When all else is gone I still have my integrity.  Honesty and straight talk should be a way of life.  No, it is not an option, it is our default. 

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