Proverbs 6:12-14 ESV
“A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with crooked speech,
winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,
points with his finger,
with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord.”
We, in our own flesh, should never define another human as worthless and of no value. We should value all human life and treat all people with love and kindness, but kindness includes speaking the truth in love to people. Love is not lying to them so that they will feel good about themselves and about you. For we who profess faith in Jesus Christ are to love others as Christ loved us, and he definitely spoke the truth to people. So lies are never kind.
Nonetheless, a holy God, who is fully righteous, has quite the right to call any human worthless if that human is wicked and crooked in speech (a liar), and if he is a lazy glutton who thinks only of himself and who habitually sins against other humans without conscience and without remorse. For such a person is useless to God, for he is void of God. His life is empty, fruitless, and pointless, for he lives only to himself and to his own good pleasure.
There are plenty of people in this world of ours just like this describes, but the sad reality is that many of them profess faith Jesus Christ. And some are pastors and elders of church congregations, and some are moms and dads raising young children to be just like them. And some are teachers and some are people of great influence in the world and in the Christian community. And people by the masses, even Christians, are following these people.
And someone who winks with his eye is someone who is not honest, and usually is someone who is not sincere in his words. This describes those who are charlatans and manipulators, users, and abusers, and those who take advantage of the weak and vulnerable for their own sinful pleasure. Their words cannot be trusted. Their hearts are perverted and they are continually devising evil and sowing discord. This sounds like the definition of a narcissist. But this is not a sickness. This is sin, and God will judge them.
[Matt 7:15-23; Matt 24:11-14; John 10:1-15; 2 Peter 2:1-22; 1 Tim 1:3-7; 1 Tim 6:3-10; 1 John 4:1-6; Jude 1:3-23]
Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV
“There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.”
Now, I know we are reading in the Old Testament, but the New Testament teaches the same thing, just perhaps with different wording. For, in the book of Revelation we read “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” “But nothing unclean will ever enter it” (the new Jerusalem), “nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:8,27; cf. Rev 22:14-15)
So, don’t be someone who practices telling lies, not even what some people call “white lies.” God hates lying for lies hurt other people, so they are not kind no matter how some people dress them up. And deceiving people is lying, i.e. it is leading them to believe something is true that is not true. And withholding truth from people to whom it is due or required is also lying. And skirting around issues so as to not have to tell the truth is a form of lying where the truth is required. But not all truth is kind, either. Just blurting out hateful and mean words, even if they are the truth, is not loving or kind.
For God hates not just lies but the pride of humans that leads them to continue in sin and to not humbly surrender their lives over to the Lord Jesus. And he hates the shedding of innocent blood and hearts that devise wicked plans, and feet that make haste to run to evil, and those who sow discord among other Christians. And why does God hate all these things? Because these things hurt humans who he loves. And this is why Jesus died on that cross to deliver us out of slavery to these kinds of sins so that we can now walk righteously and treat others with love and kindness.
[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]
Proverbs 6:23-25,32 ESV
“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
to preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes.”
“He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.”
And this is one of the reasons that the Lord disciplines (chastises, rebukes) those he loves, to keep us on that narrow path, and to keep us from doing evil, and to help us to do what is right in the eyes of God and toward other humans. So, he takes us through hardships and times of testing in order to prune and to purify us and to make us holy – that we might share in his holiness and righteousness and bear fruit for his eternal kingdom in keeping with repentance. For he has called us to be his holy people, and Jesus died on that cross to deliver us out of our slavery (addiction) to sin.
[Matt 5:10-12; Matt 10:16-25; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 6:22-23; Lu 21:12-19; John 15:1-21; Jn 16:33; Ac 14:22; Rom 5:3-5; Phil 3:7-11; 1 Pet 1:6-7; 1 Pet 4:12-17; 1 Thess 3:1-5; Jas 1:2-4; 2 Co 1:3-11; Heb 12:3-12]
So, he disciplines us for our good so that we will not go the way of the adulterer or the adulteress, so that we will not get caught up in sensuality and sexual immorality and idolatry, and so that our desire will be for him and for his holiness and righteousness and not for the sinful pleasures this world has to offer us. And please know that Jesus defined adultery as lusting after another person, which can even be oneself. So adultery is viewing porn and sensual material, and it is lusting after people to whom you are not married, and it is light flirtations or any sexual activity outside of marriage.
So, please, if you are still walking in the ways of the flesh, and not in the ways of the Spirit of God, and if sin is what you practice, and if righteousness and obedience to our Lord Jesus are not what you practice, turn from your lives of living in sin and to self, and now follow Jesus Christ in obedience to his commands (New Covenant). For, if you do not, you will not inherit eternal life with God regardless of what faith you have confessed with your lips. Yet, it is only by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ that those who are walking according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh have the hope of eternal life with God (see all noted verses above).
For Our Nation
An Original Work / September 11, 2012
Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.
Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Men deceiving: We’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.
2 thoughts on “A Perverted Heart Devises Evil”
For sure these are all relevant tenets for us to follow today although they are from the Old Testament. One of my early college required classes was Old Testament Survey, taught by Dr. Howard Hanke. Out textbook was the book he authored, Christ and His Church in the Old Testament. His textbook pointed out the ways that salvation through Christ was foreshadowed in the New Testament. For example: Noah’s ark, he said, was an example of foreshadowing of salvation because God provided a way for Noah and his family to escape death from the flood through their choosing to follow him in building the ark, gathering the animals, and getting into the boat. Yes, we who follow Jesus live under the New Covenant, but all scripture is relevant to us for shaping our lives and values.
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Thank you for your thoughtful response. Yes, much of the Old Testament foreshadowed the salvation we were to receive under the New Covenant. And much of the biblical principles for Christian living that were taught in the Old Testament are repeated for us in the New Testament.