Getting Wiser

FRESH  READ is on a mini-sabbatical with the purpose to read the biblical Wisdom Literature, mainly Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes, and short passages scattered through the OT and NT.

Today i am thinking about this proverb

Proverbs 25:11
    A word fitly spoken
        is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Have you noticed that the presentation of an idea is about as important as the idea itself? that a good idea poorly stated, or rudely, or crassly, will have little effect.  But a good word spoken beautifully, clearly and simply can have more effect.

The beatitudes of Jesus show just such thought to content and pleasing form.

Matthew 5:2-10
    And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
    [3] “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    [4] “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
    [5] “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    [6] “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
    [7] “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
    [8] “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
    [9] “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
    [10] “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven