- Proverbs 21:6-10
- Prov 21:6 (KJB)
- The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity
tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
- Lying - Deceiving
- Tossed to and fro - To blow away or drive away
- Those who attempt to gain wealth by means of a lying tongue, their ill
gotten gain is nothing more than something which can be blown away by the
wind. (James 4:14 KJV) Whereas ye know
not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is
even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Just as the transient life of a human being is compared
to vapor, those fleeting riches within the life are considered also to be a
vapor, which means as fast as they are gained, they can be lost. Those who
use deceit in their dealings are as those who are seeking death because one
day eternal damnation is going to be the reward for a lying tongue. We have
read in previous verses that it is better to have little and be honest than
to have much through deception. Death comes to every human being but those
who engage in false dealings are seeking it, because their cheating ways may
ignite the hate of one they are cheating and may kill them while still in
their youth. Evil ways always has its rewards.
- Prov 21:7 (KJB)
- The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse
to do judgment.
- Robbery - Devastation or violence
- Many times the wicked think that they will gain much income by using
evil methods to procure wealth. What they fail to realize is that they are
destroying themselves slowly until one day the destruction of their physical
life becomes final. One only has to look at the many criminals today who
thought that they were wise above the law and failed to do what was right
and found themselves either in prison or they were murdered. Their refusal
to do what was right never leads a person in right direction. Two examples
are John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, people still idolize them for
robbing the banks and “getting even” for them during the depression but
their violent streak as bank robbers only lasted about 18 months. Their
wickedness was their downfall, as they used guns, guns brought down both of
them. We can see in our verse a spiritual lesson, in that the wicked ways of
the unsaved will lead them to perdition. Since they refuse the ways of God,
they will be destroyed.
- Prov 21:8 (KJB)
- The way of man is froward and strange: but as
for the pure, his work is right.
- Froward - Turned or twisted
- Strange - Guilty
- Here we read that the ways of sinful man are twisted and guilty before
God. The outward deeds which a sinful man does indicates the condition of
the heart which is unsaved. I think there are many of us in this world who
have witnessed the schemes of the unsaved and realized how twisted they are.
On the other hand, those who have become saved, their righteous works
indicate the condition of their heart. This verse basically teaches that one
can tell the difference between the saved and the unsaved by the fruits
which they produce. (Mat 7:16 KJV) Ye
shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of
thistles? The Lord states that good fruits produce
good works and bad fruits produce bad fruits.
- Prov 21:9 (KJB)
- It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a
brawling woman in a wide house.
- Brawling - Contentious person who brings quarrels and disputes
- In Middle East homes, the roofs were normally flat and they were used
for sleeping in summer and just for repose because of their location.
(Acts 10:9 KJV) On the morrow, as they went on
their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop
to pray about the sixth hour: Peter had gone up on
the housetop to pray. This would tell us the roof was a good place to pray,
meaning that it would also be a quite place. The verse is teaching that it
would be much better for one to find repose in a small place than to have a
contentious lifestyle in a large house. It goes back basically to the point
that a peaceful home, although small, would be much more desirable than a
large house with much disputing. The word “wide house’ can also point to a
place like a boarding house which would house many families and that close
proximity to others could cause problems in the marriage if the wife feels
threatened of having no home but only a motel room. Sitting on a housetop in
rain or bad weather would be more desirable than sitting in a house with the
- Prov 21:10 (KJB)
- The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in
- Here is another verse which speaks about the wicked that desires evil.
They desire evil simply because that is what the wicked heart of man lives
for. (John 3:19 KJV) And this is the
condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
The unsaved love darkness because that is the milieu they live in. Their
heart condition is so dark that they even despise their neighbor. I remember
when I was 11 years old back in 1964, we moved into our new home in Edison,
NJ and for some reason the neighbor that we had built up some type of hatred
against us and others on the on the street followed the pernicious ways of
this woman and many hated us just because she did. I have seen this proverb
fulfilled in person. Those who live for hatred, are not satisfied unless
they are hating someone, even an innocent person.