“Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Many a man claims to have unfailing love.” Claim. To state or assert that something (“unfailing love“) is the case, typically without providing evidence or proof. Unfailing. Claims are easy to make, especially if there is no evidence or proof. Not failing (past and present) and not liable to fail (future). Claims are easy to make, especially if there has been no failure to the present. While this may be a good indication of what to expect in the future, it is not an assurance that here will not failure. Of course, if the has been failure up to the present, trust has been broken and must be restored. And trust is easier to earn (by past faithfulness), that it is to regain (because there has been failure in the past).
“But a faithful man who can find?” A rhetorical (a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply) question. So what effect is expected or assertion that is being made? That no one can find a faithful man? Faithful. True to one’s word, allegiance or affection. In the immediate context, unfailing (faithful) affection (love). Not just usually. Always. Anyone can claim it. But who can live up to it? Jesus has and will. Because He is God.
My Advice – But what about us? We can aspire to and strive for it. When we fail in our faithfulness, and we will, we can confess and begin with a brand new slate, because of His unfailing faithfulness to us.