Proverbs 16: King James Bible
The Labor of Wickedness – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter sixteen, Verses 26-30
26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbor, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Labor of Wickedness
Something struck me as I mulled these verses over, to figure out what the Father wanted me to bring to all of you. That would be to group all five of the verses together in one lump, as they all correspond together.
Call me oblivious, but I have always read verse 26, and thought it to be a work ethic type piece of scripture. Well, it is, but it’s also a kickoff for the following three verses, allowing us to have an insight of the spiritual work ethic of the wicked.
Now, why on earth would we Saints need to know what kind of work ethic wickedness may have? The answer is simple, and yet ignored at the same time by most in the Body of Christ.
The reason is, because wickedness is a relentless driving force behind all of the workings of this world, and it doesn’t cease till sin is taking place. If only we would be as diligent concerning the ways of righteousness, and being the light of the world, and the salt of the earth.
Take notice that aside from wickedness, there is one major thread throughout verses 27-30. This is a topic that we have covered and covered again, which is the mouth, and the words that comes from our heart. In this case, we’re talking about the words that come from the mouths and hearts of the wicked.
Finding something to gossip about, digging up dirt on people, getting in between people, being a busy-body, leading others astray, bringing evil to pass from the words of one’s mouth. All of these are included in one way or another in these scriptures.
The mouth craves these works of iniquity, and the wicked are constantly laboring to feed it. A great deal of scripture is dedicated to words, and our intentions behind them. Along with these pieces of scripture, is a great deal that teaches us that this is not the way the Father wants us to be.
To be actively taking part in such things is to be working an iniquity, and Christ Jesus had something to say about workers of iniquity. It will not bode well for them.
We can’t possibly expect the blessings of the Lord to rest upon us, if we are partaking in things that he has strictly warned us against. We shouldn’t expect his blessings any more, than a child should expect gifts from parents after getting suspended from school for mouthing off to a teacher, or starting a fight.
However, the promises of the Lord are sure, and are also a two edged sword. Over and over again through these devotionals, we’ve seen the promises that the Lord has made to those who’s heart is right in his eyes, and speaks righteousness and truth.
However, we’ve also seen the promises of the Lord against the wicked, and those who speak evil against his neighbor. I can tell you here and now…
I’ve been blessed, and I’ve been cursed. Blessed is better. Get your heart, priorities, intentions, and words right with the Lord. And if it’s too hard, ask him to help through his Holy Ghost!
Related New Testament Scripture
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 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.
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Thank you for the clarity of your Word, and for your clear and concise direction. Put a guard about our mouths Lord, help us to abstain from evil speech, and to snuff out any wicked intention from among us. Take the coal Lord, and cleanse our lips, cause for us to be purified from all manner of wickedness, and better representatives, as children of the Most High God. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
What do you find yourself spending more time doing; performing labor of righteousness, or the labor of wickedness?