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.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


(Proverbs 26:26 KJV)  Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

“Hatred” (8135) and “deceit” (guile NASB) (4860) go together.  The first is pretty straightforward.  It is always translated as a form of hate in both the KJV and NASB.  This seems to be the most common Hebrew word used.  You find a lot of condemnation of this emotion and attitude.  If you have anything with Strong’s numbers system you can follow it along with the more common verb “hate” (8130).

People follow a long convoluted road to cover up that hatred.  That is where the “guile” (4860) comes in.  This is the only place in the Old Testament that this Hebrew word is used.  The English word is defined as sly and cunning.  The implication is dishonesty.  It is not just a matter of being clever or creative.

So?  Beware.  Just because someone says something nice about you or does something nice for you does not mean they have your best interests at heart.  It is also a good reminder in a season of political campaigns. 


SLW said...

Certainly good advice for those in the ministry.

Pumice said...

How true. When I was preaching I learned to take "Good sermon" with a lot of salt.

Grace and peace.