Context and Out of Context? We are all guilty

Context and Out of Context? We are all guilty

Us Bible teachers like to remind people against taking individual verses out of their linguistic, literary, chapter, letter/book contexts and cultural context.

Even we forget the apply that to certain books of the Bible, like Psalms (each is connected in order of appearance to tell a larger story), Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs.

Here is a three-verse connection in the a chapter that makes the point of the chapter, context that makes the larger book’scontext point quite well.


1: have you ever noticed that in several books of the Bible (and the Bible itself, there are patterns?

2: how does this chapter fit a pattern telling a larger story?

  1. Compare with the overarching structure of Chapters 1, 15 and 31. Particularly, note the center verse of the book, 15:6 and the verses above and below.

“The refining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord-Yehōvah [Messiah Pre-Incarnate] tries the hearts. A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; [and] a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue. Whoso mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.”
Proverbs 17:3‭-‬5 NMV

(I’m practicing my teaching skills on you. Have fun!)