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, March 5, 2020

A Ravishing Context

(Pro 5:20 KJV) And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

This is an interesting choice of English.  The NASB has “exhilarated” (7686).  The KJV has “ravished.”  You may not have noticed but the previous verse uses the same word but in a positive context,
(Pro 5:19 KJV)  Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
This is an interesting play on words.

The Hebrew has the base meaning of leading astray.  It is used in the context of getting someone drunk and having them out of contact with reality.  I guess the translators were trying to find a word that would translated in two verses with different consequences. 

So?  This is another case of something being positive in the right context and destructive when used wrong.  Think of salt, sodium chloride.  Two lethal elements combined to make a necessity of life.  God’s way of doing things is totally awesome. 

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