(Proverbs 11:26 KJV) He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
If you have a sense of history and are reading from the King James you will might think of this “corn” (1250) as being one of those places where the Bible has an error. Corn to us is a grain that is usually white or yellow and grows on ears in Iowa. We are now using it to make ethanol which we add to gasoline. You will know that corn was a plant developed by the American Indians and although it might have been known in 1611 it was not being grown in Judea during the time of Solomon.
The simple explanation is that what we call corn is more correctly called maize which is an Indian word. Corn was a word used to refer to grain generically in the world of King James. Of course this choice of vocabulary does nothing to water down the truth of the verse. We are not to hoard the necessities of life.
So? Don’t be distracted by choice of words. Don’t seek excuses for avoiding what is obvious and understood. You don’t need to hear that? Maybe I do.
Friday, May 11, 2018
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