An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Open Eyes

(Proverbs 24:8 KJV)  He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

This is not a warning about not being a “mischievous person" (schemer NASB) (1167/4209) as much as a warning to avoid them.  This is a fascinating compound word.  The compound part comes across better in the KJV than the NASB but the NASB has a footnote.  The footnote says, “or deviser of evil.”

This is advice about those seeking marriage, friendship, employment or voting.  A “schemer” seems to refer to anyone who will be able to exert influence on your life.  It is translated many different ways in different versions:  husband, owner, possessor, captain, confederate, even archer.  Each of these people have a degree of power over other people.  The advice is that you avoid them.

So?  People influence our lives.  Sometimes we have no choice in who we deal with, sometimes we do.  If you can’t avoid certain people, at least open your eyes and be aware that they have plans that are not righteous and their toy is you.  Pray, observe, think, act, trust.


Gorges Smythe said...

Sadly, the world is full of such types.

May you and yours have a blessed Resurrection Day.

Pumice said...

Thank you and the same to you.

Grace and peace.