2012-08-24 - Nothing But the Tooth
Let me preface my verse selection tonight with a background story. I have been dealing with the pain of a cracked tooth for a couple weeks now and will be getting it pulled finally tomorrow. So my tooth has been on my mind lately so in boredom I looked up the word "tooth" in the Bible. Most of what I got was references to the "Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" Old Testament style of justice but there was also this little nugget in Proverbs.
Proverbs 25:19 (HCSB) - Trusting an unreliable person in a difficult time is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.
Now if I were casually reading my Bible I will admit that this gem would have been lost on me and I would have passed on through it with the usual confused look that accompanies sayings I dont get. But tonight it stood out from the crowd and I decided to sink my teeth into it.
In the NASB the verse reads, "Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble." It seems the word translated as unreliable person and faithless man could also be translated transgressor or unfaithful person.
With my bad tooth, I still try to chew food and sometimes it works out fine but most of the time it just sends sharp pain into my jaw that drives me nuts. Trusting that bad tooth is not a good idea. Likewise trusting an untrustworthy person when a lot is on the line is also foolish.
This verse could be translated. It is a bad idea to trust a faithless person just like its a bad idea to count on a bad tooth to chew your food. It will let you down; and you will probably get hurt. Don't do it!
Now that I put it that way it seems rather obvious so why would something so obvious be wisdom found in the proverbs. Well it could be because God loves you and knows we'll do dumb things so he warns us not to do them even when we should know not to. He does it because he loves us.
Surely God is good. And he loves us so very much.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.