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Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
(Proverbs 29:18 KJV)
This proverb is believed to be one of those written by King Solomon and among those collected by King Hezekiah’s men during his reign around 700 BC. It is an antithetical proverb; containing two opposing statements. The English translation can be somewhat misleading if we fail to consider the Hebrew applications of the words that are translated “vision” and “perish.” TheHebrew application of “hazon” (vision) is most appropriately translated “word of revelation.” It was commonly used to refer to the revelation that the prophet received from the LORD. The word “yippara” (perish) is most appropriately translated “go out of control” or “allow to run wild.” Considering these amplifications, a clarification of part “a” of the proverb would then read “Where there is no word of revelation from the LORD the people run wild or get out of control.”
Paul gives us an example in Romans (1:21-
The opposing statement in part “b” of the proverb provides a solution. It tells us that those who keep the Law are blessed by God. Let us learn to walk in fellowship with Him. God’s blesses faithfulness.
Pastor Willie Gaines