Think No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Proverbs 24:8 Dissected & Defined

He that deviseth (schemes) to do evil (defined below) shall be called a mischievous person (inclined to do harm).

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

A person may use different methods when defining Bible words. I like to use an older dictionary of the English language. I use an 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary. However, whenever possible, I allow Scripture to define itself. 

Certain writers of the Word, under God’s influence, will self-define their words. Solomon defined the word “evil” in Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:” (he defines evil after the colon) “pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

How to Define Evil

Solomon thus defines the borders that define evil. Pride is an undue esteem of self. Arrogance is an undue disregard for others. The evil way is the lifestyle of evil people. A froward mouth is a perverse talker. That is to say, someone who is less than honest or deceitful in the presentation of facts. 

Solomon’s definition of evil is quite different than my assumption of what constitutes an evil person. Notice that each of these character traits are issues of the heart. Before you do these things, you think them. They are premeditated. They are mischievous. 

Evil Thinking of Schemers

This type of evil thinking belongs to schemers. So these are people who devise evil exercise. These people dwell on self. Also, they dwell on their disdain for others. And they dwell on the enjoyment from wrong lifestyle choices. Schemers dwell on dishonest replies to those to whom they are accountable. 

Evil Thinking

This person is evil, not because of how they act, but because of how they think. They think evil and will eventually perform that which is evil. They devise it, they dwell on it, and they will soon do it! “As he thinketh in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).

Solomon says this dweller is inclined to do harm. But before he ever harms another, he will first harm himself. He will do this from the inside, out!

Remember the three monkeys? Think no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. In that order! 
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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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