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, April 20, 2017


(Proverbs 20:25 KJV)  It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

We come across another place where the Hebrew gets different translations.  The KJV talks about “devoureth” (3216) and the NASB says “say rashly” (3886b).  In the Hebrew, as far as I can tell the word is written exactly the same in both places but often the same word can have different meanings.

Take for instance the English word “bear”.  What does it mean?  It all depends on context.  First, is it a noun or a verb?  That makes a difference but in the Hebrew our word is a verb.  Okay.  So are you bearing a load, bearing left or bearing a child?  Do you see the problem?  In situations like this I like to consider both in order to come to an understanding.

That is part of the point.  It is often necessary to wait for meaning to develop.  Sometimes that is just matter of pondering.  Sometimes it is purely time. 

So?  Don’t make major decisions on the spur of the moment.  Often time and thought will reveal nuances that you had not taken into consideration. 

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