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.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Avoidance Therapy

(Pro 30:8 KJV) Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

If you compare translations you see a different English word used to describe the Hebrew when it comes to “vanity” (7723) in the KJV and “deception” in the NASB.  The difficulty is that the word has a lot of nuances and any of them will work.  It is even better to try for the whole spectrum.  That probably can’t be done in English. 

The definition includes emptiness, nothingness, vanity, lying, worthless conduct.  You can see why a righteous seeker would want to stay away from these things, or as the verse says, have them stay away from him.  The secular culture uses words like integrity and moral but does not mean them.  That is a constant battle we have gotten used to.  We also need to be alert to the drift in the church to embrace the secular concepts and reject the Biblical standards.

So?  This is a good daily prayer.  It was good in Solomon’s day.  It is vital today. 

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