Proverbs 21:4 Dissected & Defined
An high look (a proud countenance), and a proud heart (meditator), and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
Solomon hits “below the belt” of self-righteousness with the “underlying meaning” in this proverb.
Preparing For The Harvest
When a farmer plows a field, he is preparing for his harvest. The farmer will soon plant and eventually reap. Then he waters and cares for his crop. He hopes for a bumper yield. If he is careful in his plowing, planting, watering, and reaping, he will get what he planted.
You Get What You Prepare For
Here, we are introduced to a farmer who intends to reap sin. He is plowing and preparing wickedness. Where is it being planted? In the field of his heart. A heart that is plowed and planted with the seed of sin will water itself with meditation until it spreads its bitter root and spouts its witty inventions. It will bring forth sin in its season. When finished, it will bring forth death.
But the comparison found in this underlying meaning cannot be missed. Whom does Solomon compare to this wicked man? A self-righteous thinker, to be exact!
A Proud Heart Is The Birthplace Of Sin
He refers to this man who is synonymous with the wicked as a man who has a proud heart. We have taught many times that the mind is the birthplace of sin’s seed. When something is placed within the mind, it is available for the heart to hit “play” through meditation. Meditation waters and strengthens your thoughts.
To have a proud heart is to have “a heart that dwells on oneself with an undue esteem.” In other words, you think too high of yourself and you think it too often. The thoughts of this heart sends its symbolic signals to the eyes. This communication process between the meditations of the heart and the projections of the eye is what produces a countenance—either good or bad.
Proud Thoughts Produce Proud Looks
This man’s thoughts will surely produce a proud look. Solomon is saying that wickedness is to “do bad.” But, he warns before you will do bad, you will “look bad.” And before you will look bad, you will “think bad.” That is why man looks on the appearance, but God looks upon the heart.