Suggested Reading: Proverbs 23
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Key Verse: Proverbs 23:23
Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Jerome, who is depicted in the statue above, invested most of his life in producing the first complete translation into Latin from the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. His work became the official translation of the Bible for the lands of the Roman Empire. In a very real sense, Jerome bought the truth with an investment of 20 years of his life. He gave “truth,” “wisdom,” “instruction,” and “understanding” to the whole world. Other translations were made into other languages from Jerome’s amazing work. As we’ve highlighted in the last few days, Sam Moore became President of the Thomas Nelson Company, “bought” the Truth (so to speak) and financed a new translation into English (and other languages) known as the New King James Bible, the primary translation that I use in this blog. More about Sam and this translation over the next few days.
Today’s reading may contain the longest section on any one topic in all of the book of Proverbs. Verses 20 and 21 refer to “winebibbers” and “the drunkard.” Then verses 29 to 35 are all about those “who linger long at the wine.” It’s a most serious warning which wise people will take to heart.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for (1) truth, which is manifested in the gifts of (2) wisdom, (3) instruction and (4) understanding, to be constantly active in my life. I ask for Your protection against the mind-muddling effects of alcohol and any other substance or activities that work against these four gifts. I pray this in the Name of the One who always demonstrated these qualities, Jesus Christ, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
One week ago today I stood in front of Jerome’s statue in Bethlehem. I was videotaping a section of the five half-hour Christmas shows to be carried Dec. 23rd to 27th on the CTS TV stations and satellite channels across Canada. As I thought about Jerome, I thought about Professor R. K. Harrison, the Hebrew language scholar of Wycliffe College, of the University of Toronto, who was employed by Sam Moore to help in the New King James translation. Tomorrow, God willing, I’ll post an interview that I did with Dr. Harrison on his great work. I’ve often been asked why I use the New King James Bible. Over these days, I’m attempting to answer that question.
Two days from now I expect that Norma-Jean and I will spend the day with our friends Sam and Peggy Moore in Nashville. Sam was booked to spend a day with me here in Canada last August, but due to illness his trip was cancelled. Sam had published millions of copies of the older King James translation prior to launching the new translation. Sam is a hero of mine!
Yours for publishing, reading, and learning the “Word of God,”