The Anatomy of Proverbs

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Recently, as I was reading in the book of Proverbs, I noticed several references to parts of the body. Here are just a few:

Hair. Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life (Proverbs 16:31).

Head. Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence (Proverbs 10:6).

Ears. An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths (Proverbs 5:21).

Nose. For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife (Proverbs 30:33).

Mouth. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence (Proverbs 10:11).

Neck. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart (Proverbs 3:3).

Chest. Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? (Proverbs 6:27).

Arms. She (the excellent wife), dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong (Proverbs 31:17).

Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list of references. Hopefully we take note of the wisdom of these great writings.

Troy Albers
Rosenberg, TX

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