Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Proverbs 31:10-31

Pentecost +16 - Year B

Proverbs 31:10-31

It takes 30 chapters of lecture snippets to aid a man to come to their essential conscience. It takes only 1 chapter to describe the virtues of a woman on that same journey. Do you think she was listening in and practicing what a man was being taught? Or is she just a naturally quick study more tuned into what her conscience says? Does this continue the inequality of the creation story with Adam coming first and formed entirely and directly from humus while Eve has just a part of Adam as a starting point?

The use of the word “conscience” here, instead of “fear of the Lord”, comes from the Jewish Study Bible when it notes, “Fear of the Lord is the ground for wisdom to grow in; it is essentially conscience.” What do you make of this understanding?

How’s your conscience doing today? Helping you grow in wisdom or having to be stomped down lest a different tomorrow arrive?

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