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29 He that is slow [arek] to wrath [aph] is of great [rab] understanding [tabuwn]: but he that is hasty [qatser] of spirit [ruwach] exalteth [ruwm] folly [ivveleth]. 30 A sound [marpe] heart [leb] is the life [chay] of the flesh [basar]: but envy [qin'ah] the rottenness [raqab] of the bones [etsem]. KJV-Interlinear 29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones. NASB
Long suffering is related to the length of the nose as in long nose verses the short nose. And the nose is related to life. Now don't start rolling your eyes just yet.
In Gen. 2:7 we have the breath of life, 'neshamah,' or the spark of life which is the life giving action which comes from God at the birth of the human being. The long nostrils are a representative illustration of the indepth life which is given by God to man. The man, or human being, who accepts that life.
The short nostrils are representative of the man who accepts Gods gift selfishly but quickly rejects God once the gift is given.
Thus long suffering comes from those who continue receiving from God, that which God has to offer - the spiritual life. These are the positive believers we study about and of whom you should want to strive to become.
The long sufferer, the one who perseveres, is the mature believer, or the believer who is advancing on a steady course toward spiritual maturity. With doctrine in the soul the believer has a steady mind set. He has a relaxed mental attitude. Combined with the knowledge and wisdom he has accumulated throughout his Christian life, he has a greater capacity for life. And that means a greater capacity of understanding of the difficulties that he will encounter in life. He has poise in other words. And with poise comes self control.
The negative believer has a hasty mind set. He lacks poise with respect to the spiritual realm and with life in general. Thus the short nose concept for the quicker breathing. Breathing being representative of the quicker action or reaction apart from the guidance which God offers.
The negative believer (or unbeliever for that matter) relies on the content of his soul. That content lacking Bible doctrine, has only the worlds philosophies and beliefs as a guide. That guidance is piloted by the sin nature or the passion side of life. Now passion per se is not a bad thing. You can be a very passionate person even when in fellowship. But this reference to passion is a reference to the side of life which is guided by the emotions and the senses (all absent of Bible doctrine).
You can be guided through life by God and doctrine, or you can be guided through life by the seat of your pants as it were - your emotions. And that is what passion here means.
Passion or the sin nature guided life, eats away at the individual like an open sore. It smarts, it oozes, it becomes infected, it turns very bad, it smells, and it eventually will take over the life and even take the life of the individual if it is not treated.
Bible doctrine is the only treatment for the sin nature driven life.
While an open sore may at first be only a discomfort, eventually it will drive right to the center of the bones and kill its host like a parasite.
So the contrast. A spiritually mature person will gain tranquility of heart, or of soul. A spiritually negative person will gain a rotting that will eventually destroy him.
Proverbs always gives you the picture and outcome of each respective path you might choose in life, and you always have the choice of picking which path you want. The tranquil healthy prosperous path, or the rotting and stench of death path. Hummm! Decisions, decisions.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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