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: Paul  wrote to the Church at Corinth, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?
(2 Cor. 13:5, NKJV)

    A living language is by its very nature a constantly changing language. That is certainly true of the English language. We speakers not only use it, we also abuse it. New words are created, transformed, and borrowed from many sources. A few even become mainstream enough to make their way into the dictionary.
    The word ‘vetting’ piqued my curiosity. The typical context suggested that it had something to do with revealing information, but since I am seldom satisfied with unknowns, or even partially knowns, the search was on.
    My usual word sources were no help at all, and the internet seemed to have a fixation on slang for the Corvette automobile, words of that sort. I finally found my answer on an internet site called ‘Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.’
    “Broadly, vetting is a process of examination and evaluation. Specifically, vetting often refers to performing a background check on someone before giving them an award or honor, offering them a position in an organization, etc. In addition, in intelligence gathering, assets are vetted to determine their usefulness.
    “’To vet’ was originally a horse-racing term, referring to the requirement that a horse be checked for health and soundness by a veterinarian before being allowed to race. Thus, it has taken the general meaning ‘to check’". (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
    Hmmm . . . Examination and evaluation. I think that I have been ‘vetting’ things without knowing it. Especially things Biblical.
    Paul told Timothy: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons . . .
(1 Timothy 4:1, NKJV)
    There are so many “deceiving spirits’ at work in our society that we have to be on constant alert against the ‘wiles of the Devil.’ (See also Rev. 16:14;  2 Tim. 4:3) We need to examine everything thoroughly, lest we be led astray from the true faith.
    Again, Paul wrote to the Corinthians, concerning the ritual of Communion, “28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (Review  1 Cor. 11:23-29)
    Examination, evaluation, vetting - it seems that we need to practice the process, whatever the linguistic label.
    No, Paul didn’t use the word ‘vetting.’ But then he didn’t use ‘examine,’ either.
The letter was written in Greek, not English.
    (I just thought you would want to know!)


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