It's as simple as blowing your nose hard is!

I need to put pressure on someone who is already angry and bitter.

How can I do it without stirring up a fresh dose of those? What must I do to exert this pressure in a way that doesn’t bring on a heavier cascade of contention?

Maybe it isn’t possible.

These thoughts come as a consequence of my Bible reading this morning. I “learned” a new word: miyts (pronounced meets). This noun means “pressure” and appears only three times in the Old Testament, all of them in Proverbs 30:33.

Here is the verse in three versions:

Surely he who stirs milk will get out butter, and he who blows his nose hard will get out blood; and he who provokes wrath will cause contention

Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Ciertamente el que bate la leche sacarĂ¡ mantequilla, Y el que recio se suena las narices sacarĂ¡ sangre; Y el que provoca la ira causarĂ¡ contienda.

The first version is my translation of the third (which is Reina-Valera 1960).

Put pressure on someone who is already angry and you’ll surely get contention and strife. Continue reading

If you speak with purposeful inaccuracy, yes.

Do you turn God’s stomach and make His blood boil?

We have all seen and tasted things that literally upset our stomachs, giving us an overpowering urge to vomit. For many folks, the blood and gore of an accident scene will bring this kind of reaction. For others, merely putting certain foods in their mouths will do the same. Our stomachs turn and convulse.

Some things make us angry. A few things make us very angry. We respond to them with displeasure and indignation. The trigger might be an unkind word or a gross injustice. Whatever the case, our heart rate increases and our blood pressure rises, seemingly to the point of boiling.

image reminding of abominations to God

When I read in Proverbs six that certain things are hateful and abominable to God, I think of turning stomachs and boiling blood. Let’s review some triggers of divine wrath and revulsion as recorded in Proverbs 6:16-19. Continue reading