“He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.”
I would like for you to try to picture something in your mind. In other words, I want you to imagine the appearance of someone fitting the description of this verse.
Shutteth. It is not hard to paint a picture in your mind of someone shutting his eyes, right? So imagine a man sitting in a comfy chair, leaning his head back, and closing his eyes. Can you see him? Now, instead of just shutting his eyes, imagine them shut tightly, not just closed. He is thinking, pondering, planning, and scheming. Evil is on his mind.
Moving. Now, imagine this man’s lips as being tight, pursed, or pinched. According to Strong’s Concordance, the original Hebrew word meant “to narrow, form, nip, pinch, squeeze, wink, purse,” so his are lips of determination.
Now that you have imagined it, look around. Look at the faces of those committing determined acts of evil. What do you see?
What this verse in Proverbs describes is a person who contemplates evil plans, then sets out with determination to carry them out. How sad.
Be the Opposite
Now that you have a picture of what not to be, why not be the opposite?
What if each one of us took the time to plan good deeds the way the ungodly plans evil? What if we sat back with our eyes closed and took the time to contemplate ways in which we could bring glory to our Creator?
Then, instead of just thinking about it, what would it be like if each of us grit our teeth, narrowed our lips, and set out with determination to accomplish what we’d planned?
Evil triumphs when the good do nothing.
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