Proverbs 23: King James Bible
An Evil Eye – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verses 6-8
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – An Evil Eye
What’s this person’s problem anyway? He’s offering us something to eat, seemingly having some good eats on display.
So what’s the issue here? I suppose we should take a good look at the person being described here, going by the information that the Lord has given us about him.
With what we’ve been given, he’s got an evil eye, his heart is not with us, and as he thinks in his heart, so he is. Aside from the detail, we’re at the core, being warned about someone with an evil eye.
William Shakespeare famously wrote that the eyes are the window to the soul. Jesus tells us a few things about the eye being evil as well (verses below). An evil eye is the warning sign the Lord has given us.
What is an evil eye? It can mean a few different things I believe. There is the obvious appearance interpretation of it, meaning that you can tell someone’s intention by the look in his eye.
For example, you hear of someone that may not appear trustworthy due to his shifty eyes. Or you may find that someone is ashamed of something, because they can’t look you in the eye. That kind of thing.
But then there is another way to interpret it, which would be the person’s desire. He has an eye for this or that. Or in other words, he wants something that you possess or something you can do for him.
From that view, the bread and dainty meats are given with the intent that it will cause for you to repay for it somehow. Maybe view them as a bribe he’s offering that you may be swayed to do something that may benefit him.
According to the scripture above, the eyes are the gate that when entered, all kinds of undesirables become known. His heart is not with you, and if his heart isn’t with you, then what is it? It’s against you. And if his heart is against you, and as he thinks in his heart, then so he is, then he is simply against you.
This being explained in the scriptures, what possible good will come by taking whatever it is that this type of person has to offer? I would venture a guess and say that the answer is that nothing good at all would come of it.
Were that not the case, then the Lord wouldn’t be giving us warning. Some people do things for others for perfectly innocent reasons. Other people can do the exact same thing for the exact same people, but with dastardly intentions.
As always, it’s all in the heart condition, and the intentions that are on the heart, of the person. The Lord teaches us above how to know what we need to know, in order not to be taken advantage of, or otherwise poisoned by the dainties of one with wicked intent.
That is by first recognizing whether or not this person has an evil eye against you. When we can figure that out by the Spirit of the Lord, we can discern what’s looking at us from behind those eyes, and how to respond accordingly.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 12: King James Bible
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Thank you for the warnings you’ve given us through your Word. Teach us Lord, how to spot someone that approaches us with an evil eye, so that we can avoid the future troubles of dealing with such a person. Help us not to wrongfully judge anyone, but to know through your Holy Ghost, what we’re dealing with as it relates to others. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever experienced a version of what the scriptures above describe, as as it would relate to dealing with someone who has an evil eye?
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