The Bible is not a book to be read once
Even for its historical significance alone, this book has been studied since first written and gathered together.
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.Proverbs 10:10 NIV
As we study such classics as The Iliad and ancient Greek plays and study ancient sources for writing about history, the Bible also serves as a resource.
As Christians, the Bible is the guidebook for what we profess to believe. I began my Bible-reading quest in 1992, after growing up in a bad divorce situation, followed by a reborn-again father. Plus I’d heard a lot of Bible bashing from folks who I dare say never opened the book, and I also read a cool article in Today’s Christian Woman, about a woman who read the Bible over and over for each child or grand child, praying over that child and writing notes throughout. I thought that was the neatest idea, and I started reading different translations as well, to study and compare, and to learn more about how the Bible was written and compiled. I’ve studied the context of situations and comparisons of each from different concordances and resources. The answer to how and why the books of the Bible were chosen is out there with a quick online search. Having worked at Zondervan, I can assure you each translation is meticulously researched, checked, and rechecked by theologians and experts in the field.
Today I am nearing the end of reading the Bible for the 5th time, the NIV Quest Study Bible, Zondervan, 2011. I am compelled to share what I read today, from where I happened to be, and I felt compelled to share this wisdom from the book of Proverbs, which shows why this book remains relevant today.
Proverbs of Solomon
–from The Quest Study Bible NIV, Zondervan, 2011
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes cooked paths will be found out.”Proverbs 10:9 NIV
Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.Isaiah 43:8 NIV
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes cooked paths will be found out.
Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool invites ruin.
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.
A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.
The fear of the Lord add length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
Whoever has ears, let them hear.…says Jesus, Matthew 11:15 NIV
The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth the the wicked only what is perverse.