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Monday, June 9, 2014

Happy, Happy, Happy

Today let's take a good look a well known Bible verse, Proverbs 29:18 using several translations in order to have a better grasp of it's teaching.

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. (NIV)

If people can’t see what God is doing, They stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. (Message)

Where there is ignorance of God, crime runs wild; but what a wonderful thing it is for a nation to know and keep his laws.(LB)

Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled,  but those who obey what they have been taught are happy. (NCV)

Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint, but happy are those who keep the law. (NRSV)

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (KJV)

What is the problem in each version? - no revelation, can't see God, ignorance of God, no Word, no prophecy, no vision.

What is the result of the problem? - cast off restraint, stumble over themselves, crime runs wild, people are uncontrolled, people perish

How does “But God” change the outcome? You'll be blessed, have knowledge, be wonderful, obedient and happy, keep His commands and be happy, happy, happy!

We all have problems that lead to bad results "BUT" praise God that He always has a better plan. Amen?