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, March 13, 2022

Listen Up

(Pro 13:1 KJV)  A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

An important character trait if you want to live a righteous life is to be teachable.  Here we have the contrast between the good and the bad.  The difference is that they “hear” (listen to NASB) (8085) people trying to give them guidance.  Note that the first usage is in italics which means it is not in the Hebrew but is inferred from the context.  Also note that the NASB and the KJV use different words.

One of the questions I have is the difference between hear and listen.  One speaks of physical ability and the other of metal receptiveness.  While I acknowledge the two conditions, I am not sure that the words are not interchangeable.  Either way, we need to be aware of the teaching before we can deal with it.

So?  Listen.  Pay attention.  Process what you hear.  Make sure that you have the tools to process what people say.  I have been listening to podcasts that are interesting but full of nonsense based on the speakers lack of information or refusal to listen.  How do I know?  Because I have been listening. 

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