Watch Out for Talking Snakes – Proverbs 26

The proverbs that catch my attention today make me think of Eve in the Garden of Eden being enticed away from truth by the words she’s listening to.

“A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.” Proverbs 26:24-25 NIV

My dictionary says malicious means “deliberately harmful, spiteful.” And abomination means “vicious, vile, disgusting.”

According to these verses the person who is seeks to harm is disguised by what he says. I may not be able to discern someone’s heart (vicious, vile, disgusting), but I can be wary of what I see and hear.

The snake may be a fascinating creature, and sound enticing, but it’s still a snake – seeking to do me harm. Help me be careful, Lord.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis