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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Apply Avidly

(Pro 23:12 KJV)  Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Translators.  You got to love them.  You got to hate them.  You got to have them.  I guess the alternative is to spend years studying Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.  Notice the word “apply” (935).  The basic meaning of the word is “to come”.  It also means “to go”.  Go figure.  The Greek has a similar word, the first word I learned when taking Greek, erchomai.  It also means to come and to go.  I think the basic idea is to change your position in relation to something.  This is the only place that it is translated “apply”.  On the other hand it is translated “come” or “came” over 1,200 times.  So lets do a Pumice Pathetic Paraphrase and say this should start,

(Pro 23:12a PPP) Charge toward discipline,...
That is not the usual way we approach it.  We avoid it as much as we can.  Maybe that need to change.

So?  Some skills will never be learned unless we avidly apply ourselves.  I am sorry but in spite of what educators may tell you, all learning is not fun. 

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