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AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING 

The Civil Writer Magazine

Prov.3 Verses [5] Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean [H8172] not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. If you examine the first verse in Proverbs 3, "My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:" it is counseling from Solomon to a son [my son]. This command by evidence is not from God.

How do you apply this command by Solomon to modern day life's decisions. Is it an implicit or explicit command for you to adopt. Implicit means implied, unstated, or expressed indirectly. Explicit means direct, clearly expressed, readily observable, or laid out in full. First, it is neither implicit or explicit; and clearly was not a command from God. Secondly neither was it directed at you. It is a choice of words you choose to adopted to apply to your life whether rightly or wrongly. Today it is really a clichè a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. Original Thought

suggest that somebody has already thought of it. Your own understanding means if it is an isolated thought and has not been vetted or resolved by someone else you should lean on God. But if the answer is already vetted it is not in error to lean on your own understanding and use it.