Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
May 18, 2019
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Proverbs 18:8: "The words of a talebearer [someone who tells secrets or spreads gossip, rumors, etc.] are as wounds [are harmful/hurtful to the 'victim'], and they go down[,] [as if that person had swallowed poison,] into the innermost parts of the belly."

Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church admitted that he struggled with which definition of the Hebrew word laham to use for his commentary on this verse, as the word has two meanings: "wound" and "a dainty or tasty morsel." Consequently, he decided to explain how gossip can affect people both ways. Then he ended his commentary by saying:

"2. Thus, BOTH definitions for laham make perfect sense in both parts of this proverb.

"a. Solomon is either describing human nature with respect to gossip--how tantalizing and appealing it is to hear; how much people love to gobble it up. There is in each of us an appetite for it.

"b. OR Solomon is warning us about the pain that results from gossip.

"c. BOTH of those statements are true. Our fallen nature craves gossip… AND it is extremely hurtful.

"3. So in light of that, we are warned NOT to tolerate gossip."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_8/.



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Proverbs 18:8: "The words of a talebearer [someone who tells secrets or spreads gossip, rumors, etc.] are as wounds [are harmful/hurtful to the 'victim'], and they go down[,] [as if that person had swallowed poison,] into the innermost parts of the belly."

Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church admitted that he struggled with which definition of the Hebrew word laham to use for his commentary on this verse, as the word has two meanings: "wound" and "a dainty or tasty morsel." Consequently, he decided to explain how gossip can affect people both ways. Then he ended his commentary by saying:

"2. Thus, BOTH definitions for laham make perfect sense in both parts of this proverb.

"a. Solomon is either describing human nature with respect to gossip--how tantalizing and appealing it is to hear; how much people love to gobble it up. There is in each of us an appetite for it.

"b. OR Solomon is warning us about the pain that results from gossip.

"c. BOTH of those statements are true. Our fallen nature craves gossip… AND it is extremely hurtful.

"3. So in light of that, we are warned NOT to tolerate gossip."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_8/.



Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 18

1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23 The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 18

1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23 The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.