Toward the end of the Book of Proverbs, there is a small collection of sayings attributed to one “Agur, son of Jakeh.” Agur was a fan of numerical sayings as a way of making general observations on life.
My favorite is this one:
Three things are too wonderful for me;
four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a girl. (Prov. 30:18-19)
Feeling a little cranky after reading the paper this morning, I thought I’d try my hand at a similar proverb:
Three things seem ridiculous too me;
four are beyond my comprehension:
playing basketball tourneys in June,
holding hockey games in summer’s swelter,
caring what “celebrities” did last night,
and saying “rap” and “music” together.
Lame, I know — but it’s Friday. Feel free to comment and try your own hand at a numerical saying for this time of the year …
Professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and the Contributing Editor and Curriculum Writer at Good Faith Media.