I love using different translations of the Bible in my private study time. Not all are completely accurate, but there is something to be learned by using these! We read Proverbs 18 in today's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan and I REALLY like The Passion Translation for this! Let's look at verses 1-9:
This is showing me that Wisdom is NOT hiding in some dark corner! God has His Wisdom calling out to each of us, but WE have to come forward seeking searching for Wisdom in order to have it! There is a clear difference between the nonsense of the world and the WIsdom of Almighty God! When people see the fruits of Wisdom in a believer's life, they are inclined to want to know more! THAT is when we must be ever ready to give an answer! Of particular importance is the last line. An open mind to the Word of God can only be found in born again believers. 1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us this:
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Only Holy Spirit, Who live IN every believer, can cause the understanding of the Word to come! BUT, those believers MUST have a mind that is open to Him and desiring the TRUTH! Now let's look at this wonderful promise from Proverbs 18:33-35 of The Passion Translation:
AMEN! It is SO worth every effort we can make to spend time in HIS presence every day, diving into the WORD! I hope that YOU will make this YOUR determined purpose for the rest of this year, and forever! Here is Hillsong with "Greatest of These":
Shalom in Him!