Wise Saying #8

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Wise Saying #8

“Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his delicacies; for as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, ‘Eat and drink!’ But his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, And waste your compliments.” (Proverbs 23:6-8 NASB)

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. The wise govern their lives by insightful teaching, not by external appearances and so it is when a “selfish man” or as the King James puts it, “him who has an evil eye” invites you for a meal. With his lips he hospitably says, “Eat and drink!” but his heart he is sickeningly hypocritical. The Wiseman warns, the fine food and drink, and the flattering praise which you enjoyed during the meal, will be repulsively distasteful once you realize how you have been used or abused. So, when an invitation is too good to be true, it probably is. Decline the offer, no matter how lucratively appealing it maybe. Remember; trust in the Lord to bless you (cf. 22:19), not an evil man.

This week’s theme: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman

2 thoughts on “Wise Saying #8

  1. Thanks, Clay. Most of the time we pull the first part of verse 7 out of its context and ignore the context. You have helped remind us of it.


    “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks” (1 Thes 5:16-18).

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