God hates a wicked man because He hates hypocrisy and deceit. And the prudent person keeps a wary eye open to detect those who would take advantage of him under false pretenses.
Proverbs 6:12-15 CJB
A worthless person, a wicked man, goes around speaking dishonestly, winking his eyes, signaling with his feet, and gesturing with his fingers. He always plots evil with perversity in his heart; he stirs up trouble. Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly; he will be shattered instantly, beyond recovery.
A Worthless Person
According to the Bible, a worthless person is a wicked man who goes around speaking dishonesty, digs up evil (gossip), and his speech is like a scorching fire. (Prov. 16:27) Their speech is smooth, and it hides their wicked heart just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot. (Prov. 26:23)
And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. (James 3:6)
James compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire—the tongue’s wickedness has its source in hell itself. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible damage. Satan uses the tongue to divide people and pit them against one another.
Idle and hateful words are damaging because they spread destruction quickly, and no one can stop the results once they’re spoken.
We dare not be careless with what we say, thinking we can apologize later because even if we do, the scars remain. A few words spoken in anger can destroy a relationship that took years to build.
Before you speak, remember that words are like fire—you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do.
A Wicked Man Goes Around Speaking Dishonestly
Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, and don’t let your lips talk deviously. (Prov. 4:24)
They speak dishonestly, and with indirect speech, their conversations are not straightforward and aboveboard.
You need to be very careful of people like this as they can do extreme damage to your soul. I have come across many people like this in my life, which I am very grateful for the times that God has pointed these kind of people out to me.
However, not without learning the hard way first because I always tend to look for the good in the person and I have a hard time believing people can be like this.
Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause wink at me maliciously. (Ps. 35:19)
A sly wink of the eye causes grief, and foolish lips will be destroyed. (Prov. 10:10)
The evil conspirator who winks with the eye will be recognized by the trouble he causes.
The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions; the one who compresses his lips brings about evil. (Prov. 16:30)
He Always Plots Evil
Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor, for he trusts you and lives near you. (Prov. 3:29)
Love to our neighbor forbids us to devise evil against him as he dwells trustingly and unsuspectingly in the house next door. So this rules out all the mean, sarcastic, and cruel revenge that too often follows neighborhood squabbles.
What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans? You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so. (Micah 2:1)
Micah spoke out against those who planned evil deeds at night and rose at dawn to do them. Thoughts and plans reflect a person’s character. What do you think about as you lie down to sleep? Do your desires involve greed or stepping on others to achieve your goals? Evil thoughts lead to evil deeds.
He Stirs Up Trouble
A false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. (Prov. 6:19)
A false witness perjures himself to corrupt justice. And one who sows discord “attempts to break apart the bonds that hold a society [or family] together.”
People with characteristics like these are the worst sorts of troublemakers. Although they make trouble for others, their condition is far worse since they have made themselves objects of God’s wrath, because they “are an abomination to Him.”
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends. (Prov. 16:28)
Because he “turns the moral order on its head,” he sets out to foment strife and undermine community. The slanderer illustrates such perversity by separating even intimate friends through his lies. By lying, shading the truth, or withholding the facts, he spreads strife.
A greedy person stirs up conflict, but whoever trusts in the Lord will prosper. (Prov. 28:25)
The proud, grasping person stirs up strife, perhaps by pushing everyone else aside in a futile race for riches or power or preeminence. Such a man has a voracious appetite for more.
He is not reluctant to stir up strife to get what he wants, though the conflict will likely frustrate the prosperity he craves. He contrasts directly with the one who trusts in the LORD.
“Greed is a repudiation of trust in God, for he who trusts in God accepts what God gives and does not crave more.” Indeed, in God himself, this man finds satisfaction, and so discovers prosperity as well.
He Will Be Shattered Instantly, Beyond Recovery
But they kept ridiculing God’s messengers, despising his words, and scoffing at his prophets, until the Lord’s wrath was so stirred up against his people that there was no remedy. (2 Chronicles 36:16)
Beware of harboring sin in your heart. The day will come when a remedy is no longer possible, and God’s judgment replaces his mercy. Sin often repeated, but never repented of, invites disaster.
For disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the LORD and the king? (Prov. 24:22)
Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery. (Prov. 29:1)
Warnings rarely come with countdowns. We can’t tell when we’ve had our last chance to change. When we, like the person in this proverb, refuse to consider valid criticism, we leave ourselves open to sudden disaster. The moment we realize that change is necessary is the best moment to take action.
What significant adjustments have been on hold in your life for too long?