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 3, 2024

The Theology of Punctuation

(Psa 121:1 KJV)  A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

(Proverbs 3 also read)

There are places where the KJV misses it but we are so used to it and in love with the poetic nature that we don’t stop to think.  This is one of those.  Do you see the difference in this verse?

(Psa 121:1 NAS77) A Song of Ascents. I Will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my help come?
Most of the modern translations make the second part of this verse a question.  That becomes obviously necessary when you read the next verse.
(Psa 121:2 KJV)  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
If you are stating that your help comes from the mountains then why are you saying it comes from the Lord.  A little reading of the OT will let you see the constant problem Israel had with the “high places”.  These were substitute worship centers that God had demanded to be destroyed.  We find that king after king did not do so.

So?  The hills may be alive with the sound of music.  Nature may inspire you and remind you of your creator.  Never forget that they are reminders.  God is our source and His written word is our most precious physical resource.

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