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.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mount Up

(Proverbs 24:16 KJV)  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

This verse makes it clear that just because we are “just" (righteous NASB) (6662) we still have the ability to mess up and do it repeatedly.  What is interesting is the word at the end.  The KJV and the NASB come from different Hebrew words with the same implication.  The “mischief” (7451) of the KJV is the basic word for evil and is translated that way over 400 times as opposed to 19 for mischief.  The NASB has “calamity” (7463a) which has “evil” as its most common translation.  Notice that this result only applies to the “wicked” (7563).

The good news is that the upright will recover.  Or you could assume that the times the blameless falter will not be when recovery is impossible. 

So?  The old idea is that when you fall off the horse you should get right back on again.  The idea included here is that the righteous will fall off the horse on flat ground and the evil will fall off when they are going over a bridge.  Mount up. 

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