Do not lean upon your own understanding says Proverbs 3:5

by JH 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • JH

    Proverbs 3:5

    5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding

    Daniel 12:3

    And the ones having insight will shine like the brightness of the expanse; and those who are bringing the many to righteousness, like the stars to time indefinite, even forever.

    Isn't there a contradiction here? The first verse says not to lean upon your own understanding or intelligence (french version of new world bible), and the second verse says to have insight(comprehension) (a form of intelligence)

  • Undecided

    How do you trust someone or something you have never seen, heard are seen do anything you can verify for thousands of years.

    Maybe I should look for the light in the sky from Farkel out in California.

    Ken P.

  • Bonnie_Clyde

    We have to understand who these verses apply to. The first one applies to the rank and file (who are incapable of thinking) and the second one applies to the anointed, and by extension, the elders (who have special insight).

  • Leolaia

    The Maskilim of Daniel (= "ones with insight" in that translation) was a social group of people, likely scribes belonging to the same apocalyptic movement that Daniel was a product of, who held fast to the Torah and continued to observe it during the horrific persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes. They had some relationship with the Hasidim mentioned in 1, 2 Maccabees, but are passive resisters ... not the militant warriors of the Maccabees...tho they do accept their help. They perish in great numbers but for their faith they are rewarded with resurrection in Daniel 12:2-3. There is also some concept in ch. 11-12 that their deaths vicariously atone of the sins of the nation (cf. Daniel 3:35, 40 LXX, 2 Maccabees 7:37, 4 Maccabees 6:28-29, 17:21-22), as it alludes to the "Suffering Servant" passages in Deutero-Isaiah (cf. Daniel 12:3 = Isaiah 52:13, 53:11). The Hasidim and the Masikilim of Daniel are thought to represent in some way the Torah-based movement that the Pharisees and Essenes are heir to.

    Of course, the aphorism in Proverbs is a saying from an entirely different context. The Maskilim were teachers and scholars of the Torah who were trying to preserve the traditions and the very Torah itself at a time when everything traditionally Jewish was being proscribed.

  • IronClaw

    Prov 14:17 " ... the man of thinking abilities is hated." This is true. Thats why when we start using our thinking abilities the WTS starts hating us.

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