The End of Proverbs and a Noble Wife

August 2, 2012 at 7:35 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, English Bible Translations, Wisdom | Leave a comment

I finished Proverbs today and have three thoughts to share.

First, I have an amazing wife who clearly fits the Proverbs description “a wife of noble character.” (31:10)  Next month will be our thirtieth anniversary, and I can say without reservation that “her worth is far above rubies.”  Many things in this chapter could be said, but the descriptions that describe her best are these: “She provides food for her family;” “she sets about her work vigorously;” “she is clothed with strength and dignity;” “she speaks with wisdom;” “faithful instruction is on her tongue;” and “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  I am thankful everyday for the amazing gift she is to me.  I am still exhilarated by her love (Prov 5:19).  Cathy, many women do noble things, but you surpass them all!

Second, I am done with the NIV2011.  If you’ve followed my thinking on this matter throughout the year, you already knew this.  I had planned to read the NIV2011 through in my devotions this year, but Proverbs was so bad about using they, them and their as plural pronouns, and about changing singular nouns to plurals so they could use those pronouns, that I had trouble getting through it.  I had already switched most of my reading plan to the ESV, but was still reading Psalms and Proverbs from the NIV2011.  I still have a few Psalms to complete, and will try to do that, but Proverbs was the end for me as far as my search for the next Bible and the NIV are concerned.  You can read more of my thoughts on this matter here.

Finally, “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” (30:5)  I am thankful for God’s wonderful word that I can read every day in my native tongue!

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