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, August 6, 2016

Look Deep

(Proverbs 6:24 KJV)  To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

Often when you see a word like “evil” (7451b) it is followed by another word such as “man” or “thing” and that second word will be in italics.  That is because the second word is not in the Hebrew.  In situations like that you could assume that the evil being warned against was generic rather than specific.  That is not the case here.  “Woman” (802) is a specific word in the Hebrew. 

This is not a blanket condemnation or warning against women.  In Proverbs the word is used in both positive and negative ways and the value is in the context.  Here it is a warning against women who are guided by evil.  It goes on to remind us not to be swayed by clever words or a beautiful face.  Instead we are to be guided by the wisdom that comes from knowing the word.

So?  Someone once told me that beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes all the way through.  Look deep.  Read deep.  Pray deep.  That will give us the tools for wisdom. 

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