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.

Friday, December 24, 2021

A Pesky Gerund

(Pro 24:34 KJV)  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

In comparing the KJV and NASB and looking at the definitions of the word “one that travelleth” (robber NASB) (1980) I was having a bit of conflict.  The definition is to “come, walk, go.”  After comparing it to my different translations and checking the marginal note in the NASB I realized that this was a case where a verb was being used as a noun, a gerund?  Thus we have the idea of a traveler and that morphed into a roving vagrant.  

One of the thoughts that came to me was something Thomas Sowell points out in various places.  He says that wealth comes and goes and when economists who are trying to manipulate the narrative talk about the poor and the rich they ignore the fact that these groups are constantly changing.  The poor of one generation often become the rich of the next and we all know of stories where the spoiled rich heir blows it all.  The point being made here is that one of the ways in which you can make solvency depart and destitution arrive is too many naps.  In a word, sloth.

So?  Don’t base your political or spiritual positions in life on the definitions given to you by pagans or pseudo-Christian scholars.  Or is it Christian pseudo-scholars?  I would put my money on pseudo-Christian pseudo-scholars.  Build principles and priorities based on the Bible not your college professor. 

No comments: