I really think God was talking directly to me as I was reading this, especially since I just finished praying for understanding of this passage.
He really likes the fact that despite we all have different ideas, concepts and thoughts of what His word means, He Loves the fact that we (“raise your voice for understanding”) are willing to put our own hearts on the line and discuss it openly.
Even if this is online, He is in the midst of all this, even if some of it is fueled by personal feelings and hopes….He adores that we are discussing Him, seeking understanding (“and inclining your heart to understanding;”) of His love letter to us.
The knowledge I have is “pleasant to my soul” and anyone else with “smooth words” may find them selves sinking… 18 “for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed;19 none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.”
We can type whatever we want here in ALL CAPS….but it’s doesn’t make it truth.. it may make you think it’s truth, but you are only deceiving yourself and even worse… “who forsakes the companion of her youth” and 2 Timothy 3:5 “Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people”
Interpretations and translations are perceived differently by all, and by nature we are pulled to the darkness…. and or what suits us personally. We are not allowed to pick and pull what we like and discard the rest…it’s all or nothing.. Eternal life or Eternal suffering. If you don’t like that, then there may be some changes needed to be made. Take it up with God.
Remember my other favourite 3:16 from 2 Timothy “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”Amen!!