Words of wisdom are like a fresh, flowing brook – like deep waters that spring forth from within, bubbling up inside the one with understanding.Proverbs 18:4 (TPT)
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.Proverbs 18: 4 (NASB)
Wise words are like deep waters’ wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.Proverbs 18:4 (NLT)
The words of a [discreet and wise] man’s mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the found of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparking, fresh, pure, and life-giving].Proverbs 18:4 (AMPC)
Why did I provide the same verse in all those different versions? Because as I mentioned in the Proverbs 1 devotional I believe that every translation has their strength and weaknesses. If asked what my favorite translation is, I would respond NASB for study and TPT for understanding and relationship. When I read the TPT first, which is the version I first read, verse 4 spoke to my soul. Years shortly after the encounter with God in my kitchen, the Holy Spirit began sharing many passages with me about water, specifically His river. My first supernatural sign & wonder involved water. Maybe I’ll share about that amazingly crazy experience soon.
However, when I read the NASB version, I found a very important word missing from it – the word wise. While I was about to write why I believe that word in the first part of the verse is so important when relating to deep waters, I realized that the words of any man are deep, wise or not. The difference is will these waters give life or will they drown and kill you.
I’ll have to do some study to find out why some versions include the word wise and others don’t, but once again I just learned why it’s important to read and study from multiple versions. There is a fullness of understanding that comes from keeping an open mind when it comes to translations.
Before we go, I want to share with you some more verses that speak about how there is water within our being that pours out. It’s important that we understand that we are not an island. When we walk into a room, in the spiritual realm, something happens. The springs of life flow. The question is “does your spring consist of living water?”
Check out these verses in TPT
For when you drink the water I (Jesus) give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life.John 4:14b
Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says.John 7:38
Jesus is referring back to some scriptures in John 7:38. So let’s look and see what that is.
For I will pour out water on the thirst land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants…Isaiah 44:3
And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.Isaiah 58:11
Lastly, I recommend reading Ezekiel 47. There is great stuff before and after, so I’d encourage you to not limit yourself to 47.
So, there you have it. When we are in Jesus, there are rivers of living water that flow. It transforms our entire being, and it also flows out effecting our surroundings.
Don’t believe me? Have you ever been around someone in a terrible mood? Or someone who is completely happy and excited? Can you feel their mood?
Just remember that you are important. Your life matters. What you focus on and what you spend your time on will determine what flows from within you. May Jesus be the source of the flow.