Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Proverbs Chapter 6
In the middle of warnings to about the bad results of taking responsibility for someone else's debt and of committing adultery is a warning against just plain being a "low-down, no good, dirty rotten, yellow-bellied varmint." (That would be from the old FFG translation - "Festus From Gunsmoke" translation. Talk to someone who's over 50 if you are confused by this.)
But what really stuck out for me is the list of seven things the Lord hates at the end of that section.
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes, (pride & arrogance)
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
The surprising thing is that three of those seven things come from our mouths - and lying is in there TWICE !
In a day and age when lying is commonplace - and seemingly expected both from those in public office and private business - it is good to be reminded that God is really not 'ok' with 'putting your own spin on' something. Maybe it's because one of His most basic characteristics is truthfulness and it was Satan's lies that led to Adam and Eve's downfall (which, of course, led to every problem in the world today).
Please leave your comments about the passage that stood out for you.