Proverbs 27:14 reads: “He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It will be counted a curse to him.”
This seems to be a rather straight-forward statement, easy to understand. But upon further and deeper scrutiny, some very remarkable and easily overlooked truisms may come to light. This is a good example for the fact that the Bible must be read with great care and diligence, and that just a superficial glancing at biblical passages will not suffice.
(1) First, we should note that the person blesses, praises or thanks his friend “with a loud voice.”
The Broadman Bible Commentary states:
“Verse 14 is aimed at insincerity in greeting concealed by a loud but hypocritical voice.”
The Lamsa Bible renders the verse:
“He who blesses his friend with a flattering loud voice is not different from him who curses.”
The person who flatters his friend by blessing him with a loud voice, while he has ulterior motives and insincerity in his heart, can be compared with those who pray to God with a loud voice, but who are unwilling to submit to Him. In either case, such a “blessing” or prayer of “thanks” will not produce positive results, as…