Proverbs 19: King James Bible
How to Perish – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 9
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – How to Perish
The verse above is nearly a spitting image of verse five. However there is one difference, and that is change of one word.
Verse five says: “he that speaketh lies shall not escape.” Verse 9 above, says: “he that speaketh lies shall perish.”
Since the majority of this verse is the same as what we’ve covered a few devotionals ago called “False Witness,” Well be taking a look into the word that makes the difference between the two verses. That word is “perish.”
I’m fairly confident that we all know what it means to perish. But just in case, here is a definition brought to us by Dictionary.com:
verb (used without object)
1. to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in an earthquake.
2. to pass away or disappear: an age of elegance that has forever perished.
3. to suffer destruction or ruin: His valuable paintings perished in the fire.
4. to suffer spiritual death: Save us, lest we perish.
Our physical bodies will all perish, should the Lord tarry and we go by way of the grave. That’s an extension of the condition that Adam suffered, by disobeying the Lord concerning the fruit of the one single tree from all the planet that he wasn’t supposed to eat from.
Since he and Eve are at the top of the human pyramid, all of us suffer the repercussions of his actions. Death is a hereditary condition, that doesn’t skip a single person. As is our sin nature, only broken by the power of Christ Jesus.
However, for those of us in Christ Jesus, when we die, we shall not taste death. The Bible tells us that he tasted death for all men, and that whoever keeps his sayings, shall not taste death. Well, what does that mean?
What that means is, we shall not perish, but are saved from all of the stings of death. We do not pass go, don’t collect 200 dollars, but are shipped straight to Heaven, to be where the Father is.
Now that I think about it, every account of a Christian near death (or after death) experience, they are stripped from their body, then suddenly on the move to their destination. When hearing about NDE’s where a person experiences anything else, they always seem to linger or are instantly terrified about their surroundings. In those circumstances, they’re being shown extreme mercy from the Lord by giving them just a taste of what they’ve got to look forward to, should they not repent and get themselves right with Him.
I say that the Lord is being merciful in those circumstances, because they come back. But alas, for those who have opted to perish, by rejecting the free gift of Christ Jesus, there is no coming back. Isn’t it a strange thought… Nobody ever needs to learn how to perish, but rather, how not to.
That is what it truly means to perish. An eternal death that goes on, and on, and on. Oh, not in hell. That’s a temporary holding tank. In the end, it’ll be the Lake of Fire, which I imagine will be worse than hell itself.
That is what it is to perish. Now, does it still seem like a good idea to speak lies?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 18: King James Bible
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Matthew 26: King James Bible
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Luke 13: King James Bible
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
John 8: King James Bible
51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
John 3:King James Bible
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Hebrews 2: King James Bible
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Thank you for showing us your attitude and thoughts about lies that may come out of our mouths. Please forgive us who think nothing of speaking lies, and correct us Father, so that it is not accounted against us after we go by way of the grave and stand before you. Keep us mindful of every word we wish to speak, and help us through your Holy Ghost to tame our tongues. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Has anyone ever tried to teach you how to perish?