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, January 10, 2020

Hidden Hate

(Pro 10:18 KJV) He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Different translations take different views of this verse.  Probably the most extreme is the Bible in Basic English which translates it,
(Pro 10:18 BBE) Hate is covered up by the lips of the upright man, but he who lets out evil about another is foolish.
That makes what is literally “lying” (8267) “lips” (8193) into a virtue.  Somehow I don’t think that is the intent of Solomon.

Wesley had an interesting explanation.  He thought this was talking about flattery.  When you think about it, flattery can be a lie.  It can also be the truth, your call.

So?  Hatred is something we have some control over.  Being open about it might spur us to do something about it. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I always took that to mean that you might fool people, but you don't fool God.

Pumice said...

It would really be sad if someone thought they could lie to God who can see what they are thinking. On second thought...

Grace and peace