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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Reflections on Proverb 11:9

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
(Proverbs 11:9 ESV)

"Godless" in the Hebrew originally indicated a person who was sacrilegious or profane. Because this kind of activity would have involved going into holy places only to defile them, "godless"-- by the time   this proverb was written-- had developed into the idea of "hypocritical," specifically referring (in this text) to a gossip who pretends friendship but then acts like an enemy in secret.

"Knowledge" does not just refer to being knowledgeable in general, but to knowing how to exercise self-control: refraining from speaking when silence is necessary.



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