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, February 21, 2016

Strange vs Right

(Proverbs 21:8 KJV)  The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

The KJV and the NASB are significantly different here.  The Hebrew words are the same but the way they are put together comes out different.  The translations I have to compare show the same two tracks.  Most agree with the NASB. 
(Proverbs 21:8 NAS77)  The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
The King James does not hold together as logical literature.  The first part seems to be a statement about original sin and depravity.  If that is the correct translation then the second part is impossible.  You cannot have the nature of man “froward” (crooked NASB) (2019) and “pure” (2134) at the same time.  That is why I would go with the NASB on this.

That makes it a statement consistent with the idea of knowing a tree by its fruit.  Our lives demonstrate the condition of our souls. 

So?  Don’t judge yourself on one bad day but on the pattern and trends you see behind you.  Look at the goals and dreams ahead.  Are they crooked or upright?  What are you going to do about it? 

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