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.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Evil Eye

(Proverbs 23:6 KJV)  Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

I find the KJV interesting here.  It translates this literally as “evil” (7451) “eye” (5869) where the NASB has “selfish man.”  I have heard the term and always thought of it as superstitious nonsense.  In doing a little research I find the idea is common in many cultures and very strong in the Middle East.  It seems to be understood as signifying someone who is wishing bad things on you.  It can be as simple as bad thoughts or as complex as casting spells and resorting to witchcraft. 

Be sensitive to people who have something against you.  This can be envy, jealousy or any form of hatred.  Don’t spend time with them. 

So?  I guess it goes without saying that we should also not be this kind of person.  If there is someone you wish evil toward, you are living in sin.  Avoid people like that.  Don’t become one.

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