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, September 11, 2016

Building a Definition

(Proverbs 11:6 KJV)  The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

This verse gives us some insight into what it means to be righteous.  “Righteousness” (6666) is contrasted with “naughtiness” (greed NASB) (1942).  It is interesting the ways in which this contrasting quality is translated.  In the NASB we have calamity, destruction, desire and deadly.  In the KJV we add wickedness, mischievous, iniquity and perverse.  That is quite a list of variations. 

We are talking about a desire in the negative sense.  I am surprised that “lust” is never used because that would seem to fit.  Righteousness does not allow our personal desires to overcome our behavior.  Righteousness makes decisions based on eternal standards not immediate gratification. 

So?  It is just one point but gives us some help in understanding what it means to live as disciples of Jesus.

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