Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Proverbs 6:12-15 Watch out scoundrels!

A scoundrel and villain,

    who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
    who winks with his eye,

    signals with his feet

    and motions with his fingers,
    who plots evil with deceit in his heart—

    he always stirs up dissension.  
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;

    he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. (Proverbs 6:12-15)

In these verses Solomon describes the person who plots and stirs up trouble. The one at work who likes to play people against each other. The neighbor who keeps the gossip mill going to create controversy. Anyone who says one thing but means another. We know these people - sometimes we might even BE these people. God forbid!

Jon Courson suggests there might be a tie-in with these verses to the previous verses on being lazy, because lazy people fall prey to get-rich-quick schemers who plot ways to separate us from our money. People who are lazy are always looking for the easy buck, and scoundrels are right there to promise it. They promise the moon with their fingers crossed behind their backs. They happily sell you the lottery ticket knowing you are throwing your money down the drain.

The good news is that people who plot with evil intention always seem to fall into their own traps. Indeed, Solomon promises here that they will not get away with it. They will be destroyed by sudden disaster. Psalm 37 repeats this theme, affirming that the wicked will get their due. Has someone been plotting evil toward you? Don’t worry. You don’t need to defend yourself. God will take care of the scoundrels!  

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