BDBD is Proverb 15:2

The Christian Standard Version translation presents the first half of this proverb like sitting in a comfortable easy-chair, “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive…” The Hebrew word for attractive is “yatab” which can also be translated as “well”, “good”, “pleasing”, and “merry”. Who doesn’t admire a teacher who commands knowledge to the point where they make learning pleasing? The difference between a good teacher and an unpleasant one is presenting in spirit and truth.

Jesus is this kind of teacher. “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching–and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.” (Mark 1:27-28) “Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” (Luke 5:26)

Jesus taught the Samaritan woman by the well, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.¬†God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) Teaching is a way to worship God. Pleasant easy-chair teaching is a gift of God.

When I walk into a congregational service a time comes when the musicians say correctly that it is time to worship God in song and hymn. Sometimes the music is off-key and off-beat fools gushing folly rather than a blessed harmonic stanza. Yet, music time is not the only time the tongue of the wise commends knowledge. The adults teaching the young can also be “yatab”. My everyday speech can also be “yatab”. Lord, make BDBD,, and the programming language I write for those pages become “yatab”.