What a difference a translation makes. Note what that NASB says,
(Proverbs 23:18 NAS77) Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.One seems to be full of hope. One focuses on despair.
I like the way the NASB puts it. As I write I just went through a retirement moment at school. They had a cake and said a few words. It was well done and found the right balance. My final words could have been out of the NASB because I commented that I was still full of life but it was time to move on. It wasn’t the end of the book, just a new chapter.
The KJV is the most accurate. The idea of “end” (future NASB) (319) is more of the last days. As believers we need to realize that even if our health is bad and we are running on fumes, there is still “hope” (8615b). For Christians that is not a vague desire for a happy ending, it is an assurance of an eternity enjoying the presence of God. As you read this, if all goes according to plan, I will already be in Texas exploring the future and making discoveries on a daily basis.
So? Rejoice at whatever stage you are in life. For us the seeming end is just the first page of the next adventure.
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