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, July 25, 2020

Light the Slow Fuse

(Pro 25:15 KJV) By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

Sometimes I think translators allow the sermon they heard on Sunday to influence their translating.  The “forebearing" (forbearance NASB) (639) mentioned here is usually translated “anger” or “wrath”.  It is not the patience we associate with forbearance.  Of course there is the other word that is hidden in the NASB but comes out in the KJV, “long” (753).  They make it patience.  I make it controlled, simmering rage that works slowly toward a solution.

We live in republics that grant us the right to petition our government.  We are supposed to be getting on their backs.  It will keep them in line.  The second part of the verse reminds us that people respond better if they are not painted in a corner.

So?  Go to the city council meeting.  Write the letter.  Participate in the church committee.  Find a way to let them know your are deeply concerned but allow them to find a way to respond without having to duke it out. 

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