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Proverbs 20 (Part 2)

(Recall that the context here is contrasting human justice against God’s divine moral character.)

16. Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger; and take a pledge from him for strangers. 1,285 more words


Proverbs 20 (Part 1)

This chapter contrasts the difference between judging on the basis of human perception versus relying on the heart to grasp divine moral justice.

1. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whoever goes astray by it is not wise. 1,266 more words


The Ecclesiastes of Life

When I hear someone say, “Nice guys finish last,” I know that he or she lives under the world’s umbrella of meaningfulness, which after a certain amount of time will cause one to get drenched. 669 more words


1 And 2 Kings as Wisdom Literature

Over and over again, I’ve been convinced that the individual passages and books of Scripture only yield their full fruit when read in the context of the whole canon. 536 more words


Vanity of vanities?

Sermon for Evensong on the 21st Sunday after Trinity 2015

Ecclesiastes 11 and 12; 2 Timothy 2:1–7
Cast your bread upon the waters; don’t have all your eggs in one basket. 1,622 more words

Content and Context (part 4) - Historical Books cont. & Wisdom Literature

Have you ever tried to summarize the Psalms in one sentence? That’s a doozy! I made an attempt below as we continue our content and context chart for the Books of the Bible. 713 more words


Psalm 72

Had you never read Solomon’s writing in the context of the broader Hebrew Wisdom Literature, you might mistake this for a smug self-congratulation. Rather, this is typical of the way Solomon writes, not in some description of real events, but a characterization of things as they ought to be. 530 more words