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.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Servants or Bread

(Pro 12:9 KJV)  He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

Don’t get distracted by the “servant” (5650).  It was considered normal for people of even modest income to have servants up until the 20th century.  Being a servant was lower class but had the advantage of security.  In modern times servants are assumed to be only for the very rich.  We have replaced them with electronic gadgets.  The point is that our well being depends on our ability to provide rather than our pride.  Adam Clarke offers the Vulgate translation which gives us a feel.
“Better is the poor man who provides for himself, than the proud who is destitute of bread.”
So?  Don’t be impressed by the appearance of wealth.  Be satisfied with enough. 

1 comment:

Gorges Smythe said...

I've seen a surprising number of the latter.