Cud chewer or knowledge seeker

Cud chewer or knowledge seeker

A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. – Proverbs 15:14

Proverbs 15:9-19

 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.

 10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.

 11 Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart!

 12 Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.

 13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.

 14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.

 15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

 16 Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

 17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

 18 A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.

 19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.

Early in the history of agriculture, sheep, goats and cattle were domesticated by nomadic peoples.

Lands that are not fit or capable of sustaining crops are suitable for grazing domesticated animals. Livestock grazing provides food and income. It is estimated that 85% of grazing land in the United States is not suitable for crops.

What about people who graze?

Proverbs 15:14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

Some seek knowledge and wisdom, others feed on folly or trash. Both verbs are actually agricultural terms. A shepherd seeks good pastures for his flock, but fools feed on folly.

The Hebrew verb translated feed is raah. It normally refers only to animals such as goats and cows that eat fodder in the field. Grazing animals simply roam about randomly nibbling here and there. They haphazardly rummage, scrounge, and munch on grass or fodder. It does not take much effort or thought to graze. It is not purposeful or selective.

In the 21st century, the agricultural idiom of grazing has been replaced by channel surfing, smartphone gazing , and social media. Physical grazing has been superseded by digital grazing. We just kind of follow our noses like sheep or cattle. We take in great quantities of digital fodder, but are we truly nourished? Is 21st century digital grazing a distraction or a blessing?

REFLECT & PRAY

Our souls and spirits are shaped by what we let in.

Father encourage me to rearrange my priorities and spend my time not merely chewing cud.

INSIGHT

Our physical bodies have natural requirements to sustain life. Among our needs are air, food, and water. What of our souls and spirits? What sustains and nourishes the human spirit? Fools have an appetite for folly. The wise and thoughtful hunger for knowledge.

Do you want to live wisely and well? The book of Proverbs is filled with pithy reflections on right priorities and skills for living. These pithy observations are written in Hebrew poetry. Often, they are written in pairs called couplets. The lines of these couplets rhyme not in sound but in thought. One type of couplet is synonymous. It has two lines which say essentially the same thing. The second line uses different words or images. For example: Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die. – Proverbs 15:10

Another type of poetic couplet is antithetical. The second line contrasts with the first. For example: A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. – Proverbs 15:14

What thoughts are contrasted? The subjects of this couplets are polar opposites: the wise, intelligent, or prudent versus the foolish, stupid, or dullard. The verbs are roughly dissimilar: thoughtful seeking versus haphazard feeding or grazing. The “food” consumed is totally divergent: wisdom or knowledge versus foolishness or trash.

The wise who seek knowledge, “want to learn” and “desire instruction.” And what of fools? For what do they hunger? Rather than wisdom and knowledge, they gorge themselves with folly and garbage.

This proverb is intentionally edgy and harsh. It is crafted to pick at us, even annoy us, to get us to think. How do we spend our time? What do we seek? What do we hunger for? What do we choose to chew on? Are we truly satisfied? Are our spirits nurtured?

Philippians 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Psalms 119:103 How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.

3 thoughts on “Cud chewer or knowledge seeker

  1. I use mainly the NAS and NLT
    NAS Pro 15:14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
    NLT Pro 15:14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.

    The Hebrew verb translated feed is raah. It is typically is used of goats and cows that eat grass or fodder in the field. The picture that comes to my mind is a bovine meandering about, indiscriminately picking up clumps grass and chewing on them. Chewing cud captured the word image rather nicely.

    The repetitive requirement when you have 4 stomachs involved in the adjuster process. Lots of motion, not much progress.

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