Proverbs 29:18 Proverbs 29:18. To understand what I am trying to say, please read the verse in the AV, NKJV, NASB, NIV and ESV, including footnotes. Let me paraphrase: Where there is no prophetic revelation, no vision, where there is no living word from God, the people go naked, are loose and live without restraint. The proverb speaks of the desperate need for a living, vital, heart-moving word from God â€“ both in the reading and preaching of Scripture. My point is that a â€˜living word from Godâ€™ is precisely what we lack today. 1 We need preaching which is not just a dry lecture, a commentary on Scripture, or a paper or article on some theological topic. We need a living, prophetic (in the right sense) word from God! â€˜Propheticâ€™ is the word!