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Sunday, May 18, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Proverbs 26:9(NASB)
9: Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Anyone who has an IQ near room temperature or above and functioning vocal cords can quote scripture, but not everyone can understand scripture. Remember at the end of Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness, Satan quoted scripture at him, which Jesus batted back at him like a hanging curve. Today, you'll see vapid peaceniks who haven't darkened the door of a church in a decade quoting "Blessed are the peacemakers." You'll get libertines citing "Judge not, lest ye be judged" in order to get out of criticism. You'll get libertarians citing "The poor will always be with you" in order to gain support for gutting welfare. Even fairly devout Christians can fall prey to "proof-texting," where the context of a verse can be removed in order to better support one's case. Just because someone is quoting Scripture at you doesn't mean that they're right. To apply the Bible properly, you have to figure out what the verse means in context, what the author was trying to say at the time (exegesis) and how that applies to today (hermeneutics). Many people will try for isogesis, where the take their view and shoe-horn it into the Bible text. That only works if your view is their in the first place.

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