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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Expectations and Hope

(Proverbs 11:7 KJV)  When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

If you compare modern translations with the older ones you find the second half of this verse with a variation represented by the KJV as the “unjust” (205) man and the NASB as “strong men” (202).  The numbering system would indicate two different Hebrew words.  As I look at the commentaries on my computer they acknowledge both trends but imply that it is just a different opinion of what the words mean. 

The KJV translation makes more sense.  “Unjust” runs parallel with the “wicked” (7563).  The NASB brings an important point.  The “strong” tend to place their confidence in themselves.  That is a dead end street. 

So?  There is only one target for our hope and that is God Himself.  It is our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus being sufficient for our redemption that is our hope.  It is not our personal power of discipline.  That is good news for those of us who know we are deeply flawed. 

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