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Thursday, May 14 2015

Proverbs 17: The Fruit Of Froward Thinking

"He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief"

The English-language word "forward" originated from a compound Anglo-Saxon word, fore, meaning front or ahead, and weard, meaning a direction. Forward means constructively moving ahead e.g. on a journey, to drive further distance, from the distance already driven, toward the destination.

A Biblical example is when righteous Isaac "went forward, and grew until he became very great" by "sowing in the land."

"26:12 Then Isaac [see A Biography Of Abraham: Isaac] sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 26:13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great." (Genesis 26:12-13 KJV)

Although similar in appearance (many think that the word is a mis-spelling of "forward"), "froward" is the direct opposite of forward.

Hitler "Froward" originated from a compound Anglo-Saxon word, from (from which the English word "from" itself originated) and, as above, weard, meaning a direction. Froward means to go backwards. It's the reason that liberals, although often-using the term "going forward," are, by the literal definitions of conservative and liberal, actually going froward - tearing down and squandering what others have worked to earn and to build.

A Biblical example of the character and behavior of a froward person:

"14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands." (Proverbs 14:1 KJV)

Iniquity (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy) is the fruit of "froward" thinking - making "legal" in the eyes of liberals, what the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) has declared to be unlawful and abominable - and always self-destructive. God's Law is about true freedom - from death, misery and strife.

Notice the basis of the Proverbs (see also Proverbs 1: Words To Get Ahead) - going forward, in the right direction (see the Fact Finder question below), not froward, backwards, until all has been torn down and lost.

"17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." (Proverbs 17:1-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: How can we know forward from froward?
See Where To Find The Path Of Life and Strait And Straight; also Why Can't Light Be Hidden? and Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?

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This Day In History, May 14

1264: King Henry III was captured by his brother-in-law Simon deMontfort at the Battle of Lewes in France.

1483: The Coronation of Charles VIII of France (Charles l'Affable).

1509: The Battle of Agnadello in northern Italy. French forces defeated the Venetians.

1607: Jamestown (named after England's King James, after whom the King James Version of the Bible is also named), Virginia was settled by patriotic English colonists.

1610: King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) of France was assassinated by a fanatical monk, Francois Ravillac.

1643: Louis XIV became king of France at age 4 after the death of his father, Louis XIII.

1796: English physician Edward Jenner performed the first vaccination against smallpox, on an 8 year old child.

1811: Paraguay declared independence from both Spain and Argentina.

1897: Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph (radio).

1936: British field marshal Edmund Allenby died at age 75. He was the last great leader of British cavalry, and directed the "Palestine" campaign during the First World War, after which the land of Israel (and most of the Middle East) was liberated from centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

The British Mandate

1948: At 8 a.m. the British administration, that brought about the prophesied return of the people of Judah to the land of Judah, lowered the Union Jack in Jerusalem and completed their withdrawal from "Palestine" (see also Where Is Palestine?). By mid-afternoon, full scale fighting had erupted throughout the country as surrounding Muslim nations attacked. At 4:00 p.m., a broadcast was made of the National Council for The Jewish State proclaiming the State of Israel. David Ben Gurion read out The Scroll of Independence in the Tel Aviv Museum: "By virtue of our national and intrinsic right, and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, we hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, which shall be known as the State of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
Note: the present-day nation of "Israel" is actually the re-establishment of the southern kingdom of Judah, not all of Israel i.e. while all Jews are Israelites, not all Israelites are Jews (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?).

1955: The Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Albania signed the "Eastern European Mutual Assistance Treaty" ("The Warsaw Pact"). It collapsed along with communism a little over 30 years later.

1961: A bus carrying civil rights "Freedom Riders" was bombed and burned in Alabama.

1973: The Skylab space station was launched.

1994: The "West Bank" town of Jericho saw its first full day of "Palestinian" self-rule (see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).


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