- Proverbs 26:25-28
- Prov 26:25 (KJB)
- When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are
seven abominations in his heart.
- Fair - Gracious
- Here is a verse of warning that when we find out what really is inside
of this person, we are to not believe them. The deceitful liar never speaks
truth but only speaks what will be advantageous to him. The reason that he
cannot speak truth is that he is filled with abominations. The number 7 is
the perfect number and it means that his heart is completely given over to
evil, this person is unregenerate and must never be given credence in
anything which he says. The source of gracious words must always be
considered, whether it comes from a heart of truth or a heart of deceit.
- Prov 26:26 (KJB)
- Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be showed
before the whole congregation.
- This verse continues the theme from verse 25. The full heart of evil,
when speaking is covered by deceit but that façade will not be able to be
hid constantly. Eventually, the real hatred is going to come out and will be
showed to the whole congregation. This may indicate some type of legal
action which this person may become involved in. Their hatred may also cause
them to do something worthy of stoning whereas the whole congregation may
stone them. (Num 32:23 KJV) But if ye
will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your
sin will find you out. Hypocrisy and deceit
normally rear their ugly head sooner or later, and depends on how many
different people they tell a story to and with how many variations of that
story are told. If accounts are compared, then the variations would also be
compared and the deceit will begin to surface.
- Prov 26:27 (KJB)
- Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it
will return upon him.
- Here is the final consequence of those who attempt to live their life by
deceitful measures. The first illustration is someone who digs a pit for
someone else but he himself falls into his own pit. The second illustration
is that of a person rolling a stone up a hill and instead of that stone
staying where it was rolled, it rolled back down right over the person who
rolled it up the hill. These are illustrating the fact that those who live
by lies or deceit will themselves eventually be caught by their own lies and
deceit and will pay a price for what they have done. Unless they become
saved, they will stand in the judgment for all the deceitful works which
they have done. The life of deceit has its own reward and that is failure.
No one can succeed very long on lies. When they are found out, they are
disgraced and punished if they have broken the law.
- Prov 26:28 (KJB)
- A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and
a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
- Afflicted - Oppressed and in this verse implies a victim
- This verse shows the reality of the lying tongue. Whoever the lying
tongue is aimed at, it shows hatred for that person and implied in the first
half of this verse is the fact that the person who is lied about is a victim
of the lies. Lying can hurt a person as much as a rod can inflict physical
wounds. Lies can ruin a person’s family life, it can ruin them on the job,
it can ruin them at church and the sorry thing about our society is that all
a person has to do is make a lying accusation about someone and they are
immediately thought of as guilty. Then the second half of this verse speaks
about a “flattering mouth.” One who flatters with the mouth might be trying
to gain an advantage from the person they are flattering or their flattering
mouth may be flattering a person to build a case against someone else that
they hate. In either case, ruination awaits the one who flatters and also if
the one they are flattering to help build a case against an innocent person
will share in that ruination.