Here we have a post about Donald Trump. Here we also have a post about friendship on a blog about the wisdom of King Solomon. Since the focus of scatterwisdom’s blog is the Book of Proverbs (and I don’t have anything to add to the commentary on Donald Trump), I think I will do what I can to add to that part of the post that relates to Proverbs and friendship.
When I was young, I was that guy standing by the wall without a date watching the dancers twist and turn (Twirling was out of fashion then.). At such a time we have at least three choices.
- We can feel sorry for ourselves.
- We can wonder what compromises the popular people have made to become popular.
- We can strive for wisdom.
Because it is painful, being a wallflower teaches us a lesson. The pain hurts, but what matters is learning the correct lesson.
Proverbs 18:24 is translated different ways. Each translation teaches a slightly different lesson.
Proverbs 18:24 New King James Version (NKJV)
A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Here we are reminded that to have friends we must be a friend. Nevertheless, some friends matter more. Yet consider the different emphasis in this translation.
Proverbs 18:24 English Standard Version (ESV)
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
What is taught by both translations is true enough, but different eyes — different translators — see different things. We see different truths. If that is true of different people translating the same Holy Bible, it must also be of each of us when we study our Lord’s Creation.
Therefore, we do well to pay close attention to our friends, particularly those who show an honest concern for our welfare.
Proverbs 27:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
What happens when we are sharpened? God hones our character by arranging it so that that part of us that does not contribute to a good character is worn down.
If we are wise, we let our Lord work upon us through our friends. Otherwise, He will work upon us through someone. Even our enemies can grind away the undesirable parts of our character. However, our enemies will do so with less concern for our hurt.
Proverbs 27:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
Therefore, even though I sometimes disagree, I thank scatterwisdom for his sharpening commentary.
The GOP cannot seem to make up its mind whether he is a sulfurous clown, an actor, a fool or wise candidate to run as their candidate for President of the USA. Before you decide, allow me, if you are interested, to supply you some considerations to help you discern if a person is wise or a fool, based on the wisdom of King Solomon.
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Tom, I decided not to try to add to your comments because you used King Solomon proverbs which I can do nothing more to elaborate other than to try to interpret the meanings to our conventional times. There is though, one other proverb which I believe applies to your comments that I believe King Solomon might agree is applicable to your message.
Apples of gold set in a silver design, a phrase that is well tuned. A ring of gold and a trinket of fine gold, one who gives wise reproof to a receptive ear. (Proverb 25:11, 12)
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Well, if my post was a tough act to follow, it is only because I followed you your example and made the best use I could of the wisdom of someone far more wise than myself.
I don’t agree with your far wiser comment.
Lets just agree with King Solomon’s proverb that you do the gold ring design next time and I do the silver ring design and we switch back and forth from time to time.
Regards and goodwill blogging..
Thanks for you kind comments and reblog, I will have to think awhile on how to respond. Your posts are a tough act to follow.
Regards and goodwill blogging.