Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Liars and Thieves – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verses 6-7
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. 7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Liars and Thieves
Here are a couple of scathing verses geared toward folks who get gain through lies, and who just all out steal from people. In my opinion, these are really one and the same.
If you’re getting any form of gain through lies, you’ve stolen it due to the false narrative or pretenses. I know an elderly couple who needed their front door repaired. Someone showed up and offered to do the work for them, gave them a the costs, and demanded it up front.
Being the trusting sort, they gave over the money he requested in hopes that he’d get to work as soon as possible (which was the deal). Well, as soon as the money hit his hand, he went to go get materials, and never returned.
Now, did the liar sneak into the home and steal the money out of a safe? No. But in the eyes of the Lord, who weighs and judges the heart of a man, it would make no difference. He lied, got what he wanted, and ran.
When we have things stolen from us, or when we’ve been cheated out of our money or properties by being sold a bill of goods, it isn’t often that we see the justice come upon these folks. It is easy to think that they’ve gotten away with wronging you, and it’s even easier to allow anger to turn into something that the Lord would rather us not harbor.
Unforgiveness, bitterness, fear, wavering faith, and paranoia, can all take root when we get angry about these sort of things, or rather, falling victim to liars and thieves. We can be angry and sin not, but we can also be angry and hold on to that anger, giving space for iniquity to either take root, or stretch out it’s branches.
Though we may not see immediate justice take place often, doesn’t mean that it isn’t going on, or won’t happen at a time appointed. Our mistake is, that we feel the need to see the fruit of the Lord’s vengeance, or worse, take that vengeance, and think it’s alright to use it ourselves. That’s not how things work for our own best interest.
Just look at what the Lord has to say about what the outcome is, for liars and thieves. Because their refusal to do judgement and get gain through lies and any level of thievery, they are going to fall, and fall harder than they would ever have considered possible.
Nobody has ever or will ever, escape the judgements of the Lord. These two verses above, are his promise to those who have been victimized by such people; that vengeance is his, and he will pour out his judgement upon them.
There are no “might’s” or “maybe’s” in either of the verses above. But you will find the word “shall.” When the Lord says something shall happen, you can count on it. And as always, he doesn’t need our help in that department, but would rather us take heart and continuously depend on him for all things.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 8: King James Bible
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 10: King James Bible
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Acts 5: King James Bible
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
Thank you for your lovingkindness and also your longsuffering toward all of your children. Please forgive us Lord, when we are wounded worse than we should be, by foolish people behaving foolishly. Forgive us Lord, for losing sight of the bigger picture, which you’ve laid out for us through your Word. And also forgive us Lord, when we think it justifiable, to take vengeance against those who have wounded us through a lying tongue or by thievery. Lead us to respond righteously in the face of these kinds of things, that there be no more need to repent, reminding us always that you are the one who is in charge, and who will repay. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
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