Peace and Vegetables

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

(Still enjoying a summer break. This one is from the archives, originally published June 2011)

A few days ago, Jesus Calling directed me to a verse in Proverbs 17, but before I could get there my eyes fell on Proverbs 17:1, "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife." 

I was struck by the picture of happiness that formed in my mind at the reading of that sentence. It was timely for me, because I've been feeling run-down in the family meal department, and we were to have company over, soon. The verse inspired me to keep things simple; to focus on hospitality rather than trying to impress or be formal.

I looked it up in other versions of the Bible:

A meal of bread and water in contended peace is better than a banquet spiced with quarrels. (MSG)

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife. (KJV)

Better is a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife.(AMP)

Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than to have a banquet in a house full of trouble.(GNT)
Then, my Study Bible directed me to Proverbs 15:17 as a reference point, "Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred." 

"Vegetables with love . . ." That sounds nice.

Better a bread crust served in love than a slab of prime rib served in hate. (MSG)

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. (KJV)

A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than a steak with someone you hate. (NLT)

Better to eat vegetables with people you love than to eat the finest meat where there is hate. (GNT)

The picture in my mind became clearer - serve something fresh, earthy, and simple, maybe even on paper plates (shocking!) and keep a light heart. I did, and it was good.

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  1. I love these verses and how they inspired your dinner menu! Simple food can be so tasty.