Proverbs 20: King James Bible
Bread of Deceit – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verses 14-17
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Bread of Deceit
Much of the point behind the four verses up above, leads to a combination of what comes out of our mouths. Whether what we say is knowledge based or not, or whether or not we are truthful in what we say.
Deceit is something that begins at the heart, and works it’s way out of the mouth. Deceit is a strange thing. We can deceive someone by flat out lies if we choose to do so. Also, we can deceive people by telling the truth, but omitting information that would impact people differently should they know the whole truth.
In verse 14, we see someone belittling something in some sort of trade. Then after presumably making a great deal for himself by doing so, goes out and brags about what he was just belittling. Belittling something that you really want to a seller is a standard practice, when someone is trying to get a better deal on whatever it may be. Sometimes it works, other times they’re told to take a hike, and this method of conducting business backfires.
Or, the person caves and is humbled by the seller standing fast to his price, and the barterer has to pay the original price, being forced to eat crow. Personally, I’m a terrible salesman, and a worse barterer. If there is something priced in a range that I wouldn’t pay, I just keep on moving.
But one thing I learned quickly in the business world, honesty is crucial, particularly when you’re on the sales end of things. And if you are in that sort of position, you’d better be using knowledgeable information to sway someone to buy something. Because if you are dishonest, you’ll get caught up and look like a fool. And if you’re not knowledgeable on what it is you are trying to sell, it doesn’t give a good impression to the buyer much of the time.
Either way, the point I’m trying to make, is that honesty is important to the Father, even when it comes to buying and selling. He hates false weights and false balances, as he’s made so clear in his Word. And I believe that he pays attention to these kinds of things.
It may seem strange to think about, doesn’t it? That the Father would concern himself with things like how we conduct business with other people? I wouldn’t think it would matter if you’re trying to manage a deal worth millions, or are trying to buy or sell a used toothbrush, he’s paying attention.
One thing we forget, because the Lord is all powerful and all mighty, we tend to think that he overlooks many of the small things. However, he is just as tiny as the tiniest thing, and bigger than the largest thing. He is interested in the big things that go on, and is equally interested in the small things.
For a good example that the Lord showed me about how he navigates through the earth, and through our lifetimes, please check out a revelation that he gave me several years back called, “God and Time.” He is omnipotent, and has no limitations.
Oftentimes, it’s the little things that we do justly, using wisdom, that pleases the Father. Not just the big noticeable things. When we think that nobody’s looking, and choose to be only a little deceitful, then the Lord will only be a little disappointed. I don’t even like the sounds of that…
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 13: King James Bible
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
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.
Romans 3: King James Bible
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Thank you for your Word, and for your care throughout all of the lessons you give through it. Help us to fully understand everything that you’d have us to be knowledgeable about, and keep us from using falsehoods, in order to eat bread of deceit. Also, if we have ever been guilty of these kinds of things, please forgive us for doing so, and help us to be mindful of it in the future. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed how true it is, about how good the bread of deceit tastes? The repercussions are also true by the way…