When I think of people who are deviant my mind goes to things like molesting children and torturing animals. I don’t tend to think of the family member who comes for Christmas and proceeds to get the family fighting, yet here they are labeled “froward” (perverse NASB) (8419). This is the direct contrast to the person Jesus spoke of in the Beatitudes. That whole passage addresses this and specifically,
(Matthew 5:9 KJV) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.This is not talking about negotiators for the UN. This is talking about the family member who doesn’t complain about the gifts they got, who doesn’t keep asking how much something cost, who doesn’t grab the best seat and leave grandma standing.
So? You all have seen this happen. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Has it been me?” If you follow this word through Proverbs you notice a strong presence of volition. People choose to be a pain. We can work on being an anesthetic.