(Proverbs 31:28 KJV) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
There seems to be a glaring omission in this description. What about the wife being responsible for the “children” (1121) [ben]? This is the only mention of them. You would expect to find it here, but you expect wrongly. My guess is that this passage is dealing with the things that are not a part of common wisdom. Women were expected to spend time on the children. In that day and age people understood things like that.
Compare that cultural awareness with today. Have you ever bought a cup of coffee at a take out place? You may not have noticed but the cup and the lid tell you the contents is hot. It does it in several languages. It would seem obvious but the obvious often isn’t to our modern culture. Or think about the warnings for smoking. After reading the labels for years people still won a lawsuit against the tobacco companies. My grandmother’s generation called it a filthy weed even then.
So? How many simple standards and values are we aware of that we ignore? One reason to think while you read the Bible or listen to a sermon is to connect with the truth being shared. I find that when I forget that knives are sharp I cut myself more often. I also find that I never slip on the ice when I am thinking about it.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
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