Proverbs 10: King James Bible
A Blind Eye – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter ten, Verse 10
10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Blind Eye
About a year ago, I watched a video of someone getting mugged in the street, then beat down till he stopped moving. This happened in a crowded area, and those who performed the assault fled the scene, leaving five to ten people who witnessed the entire event standing there.
After a few moments, it seemed that someone was going to check on the man laying beaten in the street. But the reality was, the person strolled over, and picked his pockets, and strolled away. Still, nobody did anything about it.
Mercifully, after what seemed like way to long, someone came over to try to help this poor guy out. By the time I was done with the video, I was more upset at all of the rubberneckers that stood idly by, or those who took a blind eye to the whole situation, than I was at the actual perpetrators.
Those who could have, if not intervened, at the very least show just a hint of compassion, and see what’s going on with the guy on the ground. Even calling the cops and watching over the guy till they showed up, could have prevented him from getting robbed while knocked unconscious. I mean, come on!
Those who know what is right to do, yet choose not to do it, for them, it is sin. When the scripture above speaks of winking with the eye, this isn’t talking about winking at someone. This is talking about the eye closed to wrongdoing.
This isn’t necessarily a sin, in and of itself. But is something that affects others, not the winker. The person winking is the one causing the sorrow, not a recipient of it. So, in my opinion, this is a situational issue, to weigh out whether or not it’s crossed the threshold of sin.
But the second half of the verse is speaking to someone completely different than the winker. It is yet another incitement against the prating fool. We spoke of this in an earlier devotional called “Wise in Heart,” where we take a good look at what the prating fool is.
So, in the verse above, we get a picture of two different ways to be willingly ignorant of the Lord or the ways of the Lord. One is by being one who “winketh” with the eye to things that they shouldn’t. The other, is the “prating fool,” who’s lips won’t stop moving enough to receive any sense.
The idea is, pay attention, stand for what’s right, once you’ve been still, or quiet enough to receive the instruction of the Holy Ghost to understand what’s right.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 10: King James Bible
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?
Acts 17: King James Bible
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Bring us to the place where we know when we shouldn’t be winking with the eye, or taking a blind eye to wickedness that may be performed around us. You’ve given us a sword Father. Teach each of us how you’d like for us to use it against your enemies, and cause for us to make a greater impact while we’re here sojourning upon this earth. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever experienced someone taking a blind eye to something that you’ve gone through?