Tuesday, July 05, 2011

an exploration of Proverbs 20:27

Proverbs 20:27

New International Version (NIV)

27 The human spirit is[a] the lamp of the LORD
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

  1. Proverbs 20:27 Or A person’s words are

The Message (MSG)
27 God is in charge of human life,
watching and examining us inside and out.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 The [a](A)spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the [b]innermost parts of his being.

  1. Proverbs 20:27 Lit breath
  2. Proverbs 20:27 Lit chambers of the body

Amplified Bible (AMP)

27The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.(A)

King James Version (KJV)

27The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

27The breath of man [is] a lamp of Jehovah, Searching all the inner parts of the heart.

Common English Bible (CEB)

27 The breath of a person
is the lamp of the LORD,
searching all the inmost parts.


what is inhaled and exhaled... what is spoken from the depth of our soul... the intake and exhaust of our spirit is the light that cannot be extinguished. that illumination is the means for which our Lord examines our inner-most self. as if we could ever think we could hide from God...the essence of who we are is light. that light - from God - exposes our true self... our true motive... our true faith... our true source of life. we may drink from the streams of the Lord or we may drink from the streams of the world. The Lord sees the fruits produced from either source... we can not fool God.

but only true life... only true forever-living breath comes from a soul yearning for the Lord, connected to His life-blood, Jesus Christ.

o Lord search me and know me and expose my sin so that i may be cleansed... may I yearn to drink only from your waters - to find forever-life fulfillment.

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