Forgive VS Pardon – and more . . .

First things first.  When I looked up the word forgive in my software version of the Bible, I have two versions, NIV and ESV, I just found that the ESV does not use the word forgive, it used the word pardon.  The ESV is said to be a word for word translation, I find the use of the two different words interesting in itself.  What is the difference between pardon and forgive?

Pardon: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for forgive an insult :  to grant relief from payment of
The difference to me between the two words is the emotional part.  Forgive not only does not hold the action against you, meaning expecting a payment a payback, but also eliminates any emotional hostility, anger, bitterness that goes with it.  A pardon simply means, you sinned, I won’t hold the act against you, forgive means, I am emotionally disconnected from your act as well, I will not bring it up again when I want to use it against you for my benefit.

Exodus 23:20–26 (NIV)

God’s Angel to Prepare the Way

20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. 25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Commentary:  This makes me think, the statement Exodus 23:22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. Is that truly us being a Christin is supposed to be, thus God’s commitment to us as he asks of us our commitment.  The difference, today, is God does forgive us and thank God for that.  If you do all that I say, God says in Exodus 23:22, isn’t that right on the verge of being perfect?

The quote made me think, am I doing all that God says?  How much of it am I doing and why?  Maybe I will make a list and start working on checking off the things I am doing which is not of God asking me to do.

 

God Bless,

Leland

 

 

Proverb 24 – Selected Verses

Proverbs 24:21–22 (ESV)

21  My son, fear the Lord and the king,

and do not join with those who do otherwise,

22  for disaster will arise suddenly from them,

and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

Proverbs 24:26 (ESV)

26  Whoever gives an honest answer

kisses the lips.

Proverbs 24:29 (ESV)

29  Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;

I will pay the man back for what he has done.”

Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25:1 NIV
These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

Proverbs 25:4-5 NIV
Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; [5] remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

Proverbs 25:6-8 NIV
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; [7] it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes [8] do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

Proverbs 25:11-12 NIV
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. [12] Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Proverbs 25:14-15 NIV
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. [15] Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Proverbs 25:17-19 NIV
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and they will hate you. [18] Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor. [19] Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

Proverbs 25:21-22 NIV
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. [22] In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

Proverbs 25:24,26 NIV
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. [26] Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

Proverbs 25:28 NIV
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

Saying . . .

Proverbs 24:1–2 (NIV)

Saying 20

24 Do not envy the wicked,

do not desire their company;

for their hearts plot violence,

and their lips talk about making trouble.

Proverbs 24:7 (NIV)

Saying 23

Wisdom is too high for fools;

in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

Proverbs 24:10 (NIV)

Saying 25

10 If you falter in a time of trouble,

how small is your strength!

Proverbs 24:12 (NIV)

12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who guards your life know it?

Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Proverbs 24:17–18 (NIV)

Saying 28

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

18 or the Lord will see and disapprove

and turn his wrath away from them.

Proverbs 24:19–20 (NIV)

Saying 29

19 Do not fret because of evildoers

or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evildoer has no future hope,

and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Proverbs 24:26 (NIV)


26 An honest answer

is like a kiss on the lips.


Proverbs 24:28–29 (NIV)

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—

would you use your lips to mislead?

29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;

I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:32 (NIV)

32 I applied my heart to what I observed

and learned a lesson from what I saw:

My Rock and My Fortress

Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

He is my loving God and my fortress,

my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoples  under me.

Psalm144_12Psalm 144:5–8 (NIV)

Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

shoot your arrows and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;

deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:10–11 (NIV)

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:15 (NIV)

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.