Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
“If you don’t like what you are reaping, you had better change what you have been sowing.” Jim Rohn
It is a Biblical principle, often repeated, that we reap what we sow. Verse 27 is another way of expressing this same truth. We surely will reap in eternity, but the reaping starts here and now. It can work positively or negatively. I picture it like this: it can be as if you throw a boomerang, marvel at its graceful flight, and catch it on the way back. Or, it can be like being hit on the head by the boomerang you hurled earlier, but perhaps lost sight of.
“You reap what you sow: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.” Grant M. Bright
Verse 27 appears in a section which is very much about our words, and their misuse. May God help us (see Jas.3:1-12).
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal.6:10).
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