Proverbs 30:5 Dissected & Defined
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Dissected and Defined
Pure is free from defilement. Defilement is to make unclean. So pure is to be free from the ability to make unclean. Shield is an article of defense used in war to protect the body.
There are few things in life that are absolutely trustworthy. God’s Word is one of them! It is pure. What that means is that it is not defiled and as a result of that, it also cannot defile.
Purity Cannot Be Defiled
This is true about anything that is pure. If you take something that is pure and pour it into something that is defiled, it doesn’t become more defiled. You cannot extract anything defiling from something pure. Yet, if something defiled interacts with something pure, it can defile the purity, but purity cannot defile or else it would not be pure.
To this end, God’s Word is such that it cannot defile anyone, but rather can dilute, through its pure nature, our defiled state. So the more pure Word we receive the more we take on its qualities of purity.
This change we are undergoing, through the washing and regeneration of the Word, is a defense mechanism for those who will place their confidence in Him and His Word.
Our Trust In God Is A Shield
We all understand that we are engaged in a war. Solomon tells us that we should trust God and our trust in God will be a shield. Paul tells us the same thing when we take the shield of faith, which is a synonym for trust.
This shield of trust or faith is to fight off all the fiery darts of the wicked. So, if fiery darts are things thrown that cause deep wounds. Then Paul is referring to verbal accusations and language thrown at us to hurt us down deep. These are the attacks of others under the influence of the accuser of the brethren.
Solomon and Paul agreed that the Word of God will never defile, for it is pure. The words of others will never purify, for they can be defiled. Thus, we accept God’s Word through faith, and we deflect the words of others who seem to attack.