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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Proud Back

(Proverbs 14:3 KJV)  In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Again we see the mysterious thinking of translators.  The KJV talks about a “rod” (2415) of “pride” (1346).  The NASB calls it a rod for his “back” and has a footnote saying it is literally “pride”.  As I look at different translations I see both trends.  I am not willing to sit all day reading small print to find out the deep thinking that goes into this but I did find that it goes back to a scholar who thought this phrase was a technical term for a rod used to beat people on the back to break their pride. 

Either way the point is the same.  Your mouth can either cause you pain or “preserve” (8104) (protect UNASB) you. 

So?  When in doubt, let nothing out.  Don’t you get tired of needing to hear that? 

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