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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Exit 58

(Proverbs 5:8 KJV)  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

The KJV is a bit archaic with “remove” for the NASB’s “keep” (7368) your “way”(1870).  It seems to be a compound word combining “road” and the general idea of departing or moving away.  Both translations have something to offer us. 

For the NASB we have a warning to avoid evil.  Recently I was returning from the airport early in the morning and when I looked at the maps on my phone I could see that certain freeways were infested with construction.  I planned a route that took me as far away from that as possible.  One facet of this warning is to plan our lives in such a way to avoid the pitfalls around us.

For the KJV it is an emphasis on repentance or recovery.  If you find yourself trapped or getting sucked in then it is time to remove yourself from the situation. 

So?  Think of it as an off-ramp from the interstate.  Maybe a right turn at the next intersection if you are on a surface street.  The point is to avoid the congestion and problems ahead.  The glory is that the Holy Spirit gives us warnings to avoid disaster and if we wake up too late to avoid the failure, God is always willing to restore the repentant heart.  Blessings either way.

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