Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Bloodthirsty – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 10
10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Bloodthirsty
While preparing for this devotional I found something that doesn’t happen too often. The word “bloodthirsty” doesn’t appear anywhere else in the Bible, in either New or Old Testaments.
This causes me to wonder what the purpose was for the Lord to use it in this particular sentence, in this particular way. The law of first mention always buzzes around in the back of my mind when I find a word’s first entrance onto the scriptural scene.
Before we get into what it means to be bloodthirsty, let’s check out the rest of the verse. What we see happening, is the just searching out the upright.
There is no reason given, but I’m confident it would be for things such as advice, help, perhaps legal matters… Whatever might require wisdom of some kind, and a clear distinction between right or wrong.
If you are an upright person, people notice. When someone upright gives an answer or an opinion, you know that person’s heart, be it for good or ill. Honesty (even brutally honest) is a key trait of the upright.
The just will seek the soul of the upright in order to get an honest assessment of a problem. He’d be expected to deliver an answer that is just whether it is something that the person wants to hear or not.
An honest assessment of things can be paramount to the one who needs to know the answers. This is why the just won’t search for a “yes” man, or will refrain from searching out the wicked, as there’s no reason for the wicked to be as honest as someone who believes that they’re standing in front of the Lord.
In enters the bloodthirsty.
The bloodthirsty are eager to shed blood, at least that’s a common understanding of the word. We also tend to think about nightmarish characters such as vampires and the like. But who exactly is the Lord talking about here?
Fooling around with the lexicon to do a bit of research behind this word, I found something that may broaden our understanding as to why this particular word was chosen.
By itself, this word is ‘dam’ in Hebrew. According to Strong’s, it stand for:
- bloody person
There are many different creatures out there who are associated with the eating the flesh of man, or drinking the blood. Biblically speaking, the Nephilim and later on the Raphaim were guilty of such things, and were enemies of Israel, and anything that was of the Lord to be frank.
At the very least, this is carried on by those who are under the Luciferian banner behind closed doors, being used as vessels to feed their demonic hosts. In so doing, the souls of the Nephilim and Raphaim (demons) continue on with their enormous appetites, but now disguised as other things, such as gods, ascended masters, etc..
Biblically speaking, blood-guiltiness was also carried on by worshipers of Moloch, Baal, and other entities, where the sacrifice of children was a standard. The same continues on today, but under the guise of things such as abortion. Do your research if that shocks you.
There are those who believe that these small “g” gods are going to make a comeback before the end, and to be honest I think it’s true. The question is how and when. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man. I believe that we’re nearly there.
But is that what the word above is talking about? No, I don’t believe so. Though it’s true that they hate the upright, the following tells us exactly who the bloodthirsty are.
The short definition that I gave above was only covering the word “bloodthirsty.” But when we take the phrase “the bloodthirsty,” it turns into the word “‘enowsh.” Strong’s gives us a different and a more eyeopening translation:
- mortal man
The thing is, the Nephilim and beings of that nature are not mankind, they’re not man or woman at all. They are male and female, but not humans. This knocks them and all of the other creepy crawlers off of the possibilities of who the Lord is talking about.
He is talking about mortal man, who is guilty of sin by virtue of being born into a sinful fallen world, in a house of corrupted and fallen flesh. Those who are ruled by the flesh over being ruled by their spirit only care for the things of the flesh, and what will gratify it.
More often than not, something that an upright person will say will cause for the flesh to cringe. Honesty and uprightness doesn’t cater to the flesh, or the feelings of the soul. We spoke about this in a devotional called “Flattering Words.”
Bloodthirsty people are the go-getters that take no thought or care toward anyone but themselves, nor do they take any thought into what they leave behind in their wake. Their ears only want to be tickled, and their ego’s elevated. They respond wickedly to any form of correction, and often take things personally that anyone else wouldn’t.
They hate the upright, because they do not want to hear that their sin is sin, and their wickedness is wicked. These are the people who feed the problem of good being evil, and evil being good.
Whatever works for them is what’s right, and whatever doesn’t work for them is wrong. They are the god of their own personal little universe, and their foolish fleshly reality has no space for anyone who might know better.
Most often, when they are pitted against someone who is upright, they only rage and mock the upright person, making sure to make enough noise that wisdom doesn’t breach through their ears and enter into their hearts. I just witnessed this happening the other day watching clips of a protest.
Someone asked a question, and in response they received insults, chanting, the bird, and just about everything but answers to simple questions. Any form of discourse was shut down in dramatic fashion.
The very presence of an upright person is a challenge to a bloodthirsty person. The fact that they exist expose things that they don’t want exposed (internally speaking). The flesh is weak as it relates to resisting sin, but it is pretty strong as it would relate to holding on to sin.
What a thing it must be, to not have a newborn spirit, and at the same time have no clue about not having a newborn spirit. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons that the Lord must be at play anytime there’s an opening in anybody’s life to receive the Lord unto salvation.
Only the Father can create scenarios that bring a person to the point where they’ll even hear the gospel in a manner that isn’t cluttered with all of the fleshly noise. Even then, free will ultimately determines the final outcome.
As I’ve said in the past, we would be in awe, if we were to suddenly realize how intricately involved the Lord is with his creation. We know what it took for us to have salvation through Christ Jesus available.
But I wonder if we understand all that he has to do to get through to the bloodthirsty, fleshly people that so desperately need him, yet are so staunch against him?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 26: King James Bible
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
John 1: King James Bible
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1: King James Bible
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 3: King James Bible
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 6: King James Bible
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
John 14: King James Bible
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Romans 8: King James Bible
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Thank you for this verse, and for the depths of teaching you can give us through even one verse. Your Word is alive and amazing in our eyes! Help us to avoid giving in to our old man, or our lusts of old when they come calling. Strengthen us through your Word, by your Spirit, and through your lead. We also pray for those who are bloodthirsty, and haters of the upright. Cause for there to be a breach in the defenses of the bloodthirsty, so that your Word can penetrate through all of the noise and iniquities. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you find yourself tempted to behave in your old bloodthirsty ways?