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February 4th, 2012

Proverbs 25

I stumbled upon this passage from Scripture today and it struck me as something very wonderful, and yet mysterious.

"These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter." Proverbs 25:1-2

I feel as though I can add nothing to the meaning of the Proverb by writing about it. But, I do want to comment on the introduction to this section of Proverbs. It's fascinating when books of Scripture identify their origin. And in this case, it's doubly interesting, because we know both who wrote these proverbs and who copied them later in history. It's like Bible meta-data!

It's also another example of where the Old Testament is interconnected with itself. I'm eager to keep my eyes open for more examples of this. Sometimes, Scripture quotes itself as the writer considers God's works/promises in the past or prays to God. I'm not sure what this is called - intertextuality? I pray that as I see more instances where the OT references older parts of the OT, that I will grow to know God better. I want to better understand His word, better know how to meditate on Scripture, and be more eager to pray.

Father, show me wondrous things from Your law according to Your word: "seek, and you will find" Matthew 7:7

prayers to the Maker of heaven and earth

Exodus 20:11 - "...the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them..."

In the course of a word study for "sea" I found quite a few passages that quoted this passage nearly word-for-word. Curious to look at this a little more, I'm including two prayers behind the cut, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

Nehemiah 9:5-38Collapse )

Acts 4:24-30Collapse )

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