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, November 24, 2015

Kiss It Off

(Proverbs 24:26 KJV)  Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

“Kisses” (5401a) have different significance in different cultures.  For us the context is romance and sexual expression.  We think of “french” kissing and wet kisses and all kinds of other terms that get our libidos roaring.  In some cultures it is just a form of greeting.  Even two men who would kill each other if given the chance will greet each other with a kiss.  So broaden your mind a little.

In the OT it is used 34 times and except for once in Proverbs dealing with adultery and twice in the Song of Solomon I could not find any place where it was connected with romance.  In fact it was usually men kissing men in greeting or as a sign of submission.

Some of the paraphrases get the nuance.  For instance the Good News Bible,
(Proverbs 24:26 GNB)  An honest answer is a sign of true friendship.
We should welcome people who are capable of speaking the truth.   I would go so far as to say we should reject people who cannot tell the truth.

So?  Be honest.  Speak truth, not to power but to righteousness. 

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