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.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Lack Not, Want Not

(Pro 28:27 KJV) He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

As I compare translations, before looking at the Hebrew, I find that I like the implication of the KJV better than the NASB.  It isn’t that the more contemporary translation is wrong, it is just more in the tradition of the KJV and using somewhat archaic language.  In modern times “want” (4270) has become the mantra of the selfish generation.  How many times have you seen cartoons with the theme of “I want, I want”?  If you remember the saying, “Waste not, want not” you come closer to the “lack” of the KJV.

I have come close to being in want.  Once in seminary I was down to my last can of tomato soup before the Lord made a grocery run.  During our first pregnancy we traveled across country and arrived in California with no job and ten dollars in our pockets.  But in spite of the fact that I might have wanted more, I have never lacked what I needed.

So?  Need something to be thankful for?  You should not have to look very far. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Amen. May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Diwakar said...

Hello Bro.Pumice. I am a Nazarene Pastor from Mumbai, India. I am glad to stop by your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I am also blessed and feel privileged and honoured to get connected with you and know you as a passionate follower of Christ. I am also more blessed to know your background as a Nazarene who studied in Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. I Love getting connected with the people of God around the globe specially Nazarenes to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the PASTORL Ministry for last 40 yrs during which I also served the District in Mumbai as a District Superintendent for 23 yrs and also other District in our capital city that is Delhi District for three years and also while Pastoring the church served in a capacity of AFSC (Assistant Field Strategy Coordinator)for five years and an Executive Director of our Mission Hospital for five years. I am blessed by your blog post on "Lack Not, Want Not". Quoting your example was moving. I have been to our General Assemblies since 1989 till 2014. Great to get connected with you and would love to remain connected with you and strengthening our relations. God's willing I will be coming to the United States on my way to Calgary, Canada in the month of April 2020 and will be so glad to meet you personally if God allows. Since your email id is available I will also use your email id to communicate with you. Blessings on you and your family. Looking forward to hear from you. My email id is:dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede