Proverbs 30:6 Dissected & Defined:
Add thou not unto his words (God’s words), lest he reprove (correction without compressed feelings) thee, and thou be found a liar (in error; not truthful).
Reading this verse, one may think, “This certainly doesn’t apply to me! I’ve got the KJV; I take the Bible at face-value.” Well, before you breathe a sigh of relief, allow me to explain what I believe Solomon’s underlying meaning is to this verse.
Stay Within God’s Boundaries He Has Set Up
I believe that when Solomon says, “Add thou not unto his words…” he is saying, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can be an addendum to God’s boundaries.” An addendum to a set boundary as an exception to what is held to be right.
How many times have we knowingly disobeyed a clearly marked boundary set by God or His ordained authority? Let’s take, for example, a rather simple illustration—loyalty.
Each of us is employed somewhere. Did you know it’s a biblical commandment to be loyal to your employer? Titus 2:9-10 says, “Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things… Not purloining (or, stealing), but shewing all good fidelity (faithful to obligations, duties, or observances…)
The checklist here covers the following basics:
- obey my employer
- please my employer
- don’t steal from my employer
- faithful to obligations, duties, and observances given by my employer
It is an obligation to be at work on time. It is stealing when you misuse your time on the clock. However, it is simple areas like this that we often think we add to God’s words.
God Will Give Correction When You Make Yourself The Exception
This is just one illustration of thousands that fit into this category. Are there areas of your life that your behavior says that you are an exception to what is held to be right?
When we add to God’s words, the equation never comes out right. God will give you correction. And you will be found the liar.