A word fitly spoken

Proverbs_15-23

The Verse of the Day for October 22, 2013 mentions the phrase “a word spoken in due season” which brings to mind another related verse found in Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

The New Living Translation offers this rendering:

Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.

Bishop KC Pillai, a converted Hindu, who dedicated his life to enlightening students of the Bible regarding Orientalisms or customs and practices from the Eastern sectors of the world, indicates that the reference to “apples of gold” is actually referring to a variety of succulent oranges grown in the Middle East. He comments on the often quoted verse from Proverbs:

“Verse 11 ‘Apples of gold’ had nothing to do with apples. These are a kind of orange we grow in Egypt, Syria and India of which there is no English name. . . There is a special orange tree called Kitchilika tree, sweetest of all oranges. This fruit makes a refreshing drink which soothes and comforts. It is gold in color, and does not last long after it is ripe and can’t be exported outside of the country. Very tasty, we make sherbet of it, and it is easily smelled when ripe on the tree. They are very beautiful to look at and quench the thirst quicker than any other juice. It was called apples of gold because there was no other English word.

The verse should read: ‘A word appropriately spoken is like oranges placed in a tray of silver.’

So a word appropriately spoken to a weary or troubled person will refresh, soothe, comfort, revitalize, strengthen. The Word of God is the only “word fitly spoken.” It will lift a person out of trouble and despondency. Words appropriately spoken (to a troubled person) are like golden oranges in trays of silver. They are refreshing, strengthening, pleasing, uplifting.”

This Indian hybrid orange may be closer to the fruit spoken of as "apples of gold" in Proverbs 25:11.

This Indian hybrid orange may be closer to the fruit spoken of as “apples of gold” in Proverbs 25:11.

A great way to start the day is with a glass of “OJ”—orange juice of a special kind.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_%28fruit%29

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One Response to “A word fitly spoken”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Great motivation for today! Thank you as always Daddy!

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