Chipping Away

“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”
But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.
Proverbs 9:17-18

The writer of Proverbs ends this chapter with a Hebrew proverb. It deals with dishonesty, a small theme derived from the previous verse’s words about someone lacking judgment.

Dishonesty, and especially dishonesty in the little things is subtle and seemingly harmless. Who would ever know? Or who would even care?

As the last verse notes, it’s destructive and deadly. Little by little, it chips away at your soul. Your heart is pricked at first, and you get over it. Then it becomes easier and easier to do. Without divine intervention, it rarely gets better.

It becomes clearer and clearer that we need wisdom in the little things because little things grow to become large and intrusive things. Pray for that Wisdom!

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