Proverbs 26:24-28

As Solomon wraps up Proverbs 26:24-28, he speaks to a couple of other character traits that cause damage to the world around us. His first focus is on those who hate. No one wants to be known as a hater. We have laws against hate crimes which are certainly not acceptable behavior by any human. But hate taken to an extreme will turn into violently lashing out at someone or something. And no matter how hard we might try to cover it up or hide it, eventually it will spill out and cause damage. We can try and deceive ourselves with lies and wrong thinking, but make no mistake, hate is misguided and filled with lies. “Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;”

Solomon goes further to warn us that someone who hates and then suddenly attempts to become tolerant or less hateful is likely just putting on an act. The secret hater deceives others, but he also deceives himself. He imagines himself to be a better person than he really is. “when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.” Hatred comes from a wicked heart.  Even if he speaks kindly, his words do not reflect the true thoughts of his heart—his hatred is covered by deceit. You can’t put lipstick on the heart of a person filled with hatred.

Solomon then reminds us that when we do things with evil intent, it will come back to impact us. In His judgments God often responds that people reap what they sow; that He will treat them the same way they have treated others. They will fall into the pit they dug for others; the stone they rolled against someone else will roll back on them. We can’t act against others with wicked intention without expecting to be punished for those actions.  God’s not dead and is certainly paying attention. We do reap what we sow, maybe not in the moment, but certainly over time. “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.

Solomon ends this chapter by magnifying the truth about telling lies. Lying words are never innocent nor harmless. The liar does his destruction without sympathy for others. He does not feel sorry for the ones he crushes; he actively hates them.  Garrett wrote: “Lying is an act of hatred. In one way or another, lies destroy those whom they deceive. Therefore the liar despises not only the truth but his victims as well.” “A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” Flattery is another way the lying tongue brings ruin. Their flattering mouth builds pride and manipulates others for deceptive goals. We must speak honest and true words.  Our words do matter. And God does pay attention!

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