Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vain Janglings

Last summer we stayed with this amazing friend.  My friend, who shall remain nameless, because she has been known to read this blog, is a humble, dedicated follower of Jesus. Each morning, while she was watching the birds, she would faithfully study God's word. I would rudely interrupt her and ask:

"What's the word today?"

Yeah, I know, I am a bit lazy to try to ride on the coattails of someone else's devotions.  But it is a pleasure to discuss the things of God with her. She was a willing participant. She could have barked back:

"Get your own revelation of God."

But she didn't, because you see, she is a mature Christian.

One morning the word was...........drum roll please......................................

"Avoid Vain janglings."

You mean like dangling participles, Mr. Bo Jangles or earrings that dangle?


I had never heard that term, vain janglings.

I took this definition from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia;

jan'-gling (mataiologia, "vain discourse" "babbling"): This word is not found in the American Standard Revised Version; once only in the King James Version (1 Timothy 1:6). The American Standard Revised Version has "vain talking," instead of "vain jangling," and evidently means proud, self-conceited talking against what God has revealed and against God Himself.

Woooh. This was heavy revvie. Especially for women. Is this possible?

Is it possible for me, a blogger, to avoid vain janglings?

I apologize for claiming celebrity status last post.

It's already a challenge to keep Wordless Wednesday wordless. It is an oxymoron. A wordless blog.

But avoiding vain janglings is a good idea. In fact, God says in His word to do this. Well, if God said it then I don't consider it optional.

Weird information to bring up with someone on an airplane.

There actually is a punk rock band called Vain Jangling.
Their profile states: From Portland OR to London and back again, plenty of time to talk about nothing.

Here is 1st Timothy 1:6 In three different translations with my thoughts.

From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; KJV
sounds like an accident that could have been avoided

But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. NLT
this is scary... to miss the whole point...and it sounds like they took up blogging

Some people have left these qualities behind and have turned to fruitless discussion. ISV
fruitless discussion, o.k. now what can we talk about?

God's word says:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. KJV

Remember the WWJD bracelets?
How about some earrings that remind me, ATVJ:  Are These Vain Janglings?

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1 comment:

viktoria said...

Thanks Terri for a great post,yet again! Would definitely buy the earrings :).