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, August 18, 2018

Liberating Fools

(Proverbs 18:2 KJV)  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

When you lift this verse out of context and look at the translations from the KJV and other older works you find an interesting insight.  The context is pointing out how hopeless a fool is and in that sense this is saying that a “fool” (3684) only listens to himself.  But if you look at the KJV it seems to imply that if the fool is going to learn anything, he has to start in his own inner man.

A frequent use of the Hebrew word for “discover” (revealing NASB) (1540) has to do with carrying away into exile.  If you follow that meaning then you find that a fool needs to get away from the ideas that mold him in order to find mental release.  The context makes this seem impossible but there are places in Proverbs where it seems to say that a fool can learn.

So?  There is hope for everyone.  Assuming that we have moved beyond the fool stage we might assume that if the fool can change and move forward, so can we.  A happy thought.

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