Part of the pagan brainwashing going on today involves condemning traditional actions, values and vocabulary. These are painted with the brush of being cruel and outlandish. Today as I began reading this chapter in the NASB I came across the word “stupid” (1198) and, as I have been trained, I felt a discomfort with the word. The KJV is even more aggressive and uses the word “brutish”. This is not being nice but the Bible is not trying to be nice. The Bible is trying to redeem a race that has fallen into sin and gone their own way. Contrary to the modern trend to being user friendly, that is not the way you get stupid people to change.
I did a search on the word “stupid” and found it was used twelve time in the NASB but was the translation of five different Hebrew words. In trying to understand the Biblical use of the idea I found that the KJV’s definition gives us a clue. Look at this verse, from the NASB to see the contrast,
(Job 18:3 NAS77) "Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid (1198) in your eyes?Stupidity is a characteristic of animals. When you understand that animals can be clever, hard working and have different levels of intelligence and consider that they can be highly skilled in certain activities you need to understand that the concept of stupid does not mean useless. What it means is that you are incapable, or unwilling, to think on a higher level.
So? We are surrounded by stupid people. The sad part is that many are stupid by choice not by genes. Life can be much less turbulent if you let your mind run in neutral. Make sure that yours is in gear.