In between the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon and the letter to the Hebrews we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Jeremiah.
Proverbs 18, proverbs of Solomon. One proverb is a gem: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” I did. The last proverb in the chapter intrigues me, it reads quite differently in KJV and NIV. This is the NIV version: “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” My (Zondervan) copy of the NIV reads “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” The King James version reads: ” A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Translations can be tricky.
Jeremiah 50. The judgments continued, this time against Babylon and Babylonia.