Friday, March 23, 2007

Proverbs 6

Loved this insight from David Plotz at Slate Magazine's Blogging the Bible project:

'I must quote the following passage in full, because 1) it's great advice; and 2) if there is a God, He clearly wants you to know this:

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family.

'Don't get too hung up on those dueling numbers—is it six or seven, Lord? Instead, let's talk about the first five abominations—eyes, tongue, hands, heart, feet. Isn't that a brilliant sequence? It reminds us that the physical is the moral. Again and again, Proverbs deploys images of the body to describe moral behavior. ("Let your eyes look directly forward"; "turn your foot away from evil"; etc.) Our age celebrates the supremacy of the mind—that morality and immorality are founded in thought. But I like the Proverbs model, which recognizes that it is the body that sins—the body does wrong and right, not some vague, uncorporeal mind.'

Read the rest of his insights into proverbs here.

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