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Self-control - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 17 of 26
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Proverbs 16:32
May 25, 1988 am - ITS MEANING. "Self-control" and its equivilents come from two Hebrew words. The first is largely negative in nature, the second, quite positive. Together, they demonstrate its true nature. Observe, therefore: It is sometimes translated from ASAR, which means, "to restrain or prevent". Hence, Sarah complains "Behold, the LORD has restrained me from bearing" children. Jeremiah, likewise, describes his imprisonment at being "Shut up in the court". Thus it includes the power to suppress, limit, or confine. So it is used in 29:11, "A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back". It also derives from MASHAL, which means "to rule or exercise authority". Hence, Adam would "rule" over his wife, David would "reign" over many nations, and God would exercise universal "dominion". Thus, it also includes the power to lead, command, and enforce. This is illustrated by stark contrast. 20:13 puts it well, "Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you will be satisfied with bread". Observe: These men are identical in knowledge: They both know that they must eat, and the only way to do so is to work. They are identical in temptation. Both are asleep in a warm ... More >>>


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