Proverbs 6:12-15 (NIV)
A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
Proverbs 6:12-15 (KJV)
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
(I’ll be looking more at the King James Version here because it’s words our more literal to the original text.)
What does it mean to walk with a forward mouth? To wink with your eyes? To Speak with your feet? and To Teach with your fingers? This took me a little bit to figure out.
Walk With A Forward Mouth
Let’s look at Pac-man. Pac-man has a forward mouth. Pac-man is always moving forward eating everything that is in his way. Most of the time Pac-man is eating dots to collect points, but sometimes he will eat a super dot that turns you into a faster Pac-man that can also eat the ghosts, and sometimes he may eat a fruit to get you extra points. Whatever it is in front of him, Pac-man eats.
When we walk with a forward mouth, we eat and ingest everything that is in front of us. We lose who we are, our backbone, and become what is in front of us. We become narrow minded and concentrate on that one thing, without thoughts of what really should be important to us.
Wink With Your Eyes
Lust towards physical attractions. Winking to others, strangers, is iconically known for saying “Hey you! I think you are physically attractive!” It’s when we put our physical desires in front of your spiritual needs, and God Himself. This applies not just to physical desires, but anything that we may see that instantly sees our hearts away from God. Examples: Clothing, Video Games, Technology, Relationships Grades, Schools, Jobs, Money, Cars, Houses, and Etc.
Speak With Your Feet
You speak as you go without knowledge of the whole picture. Whichever way you are headed, you speak for it with what you pick up on the way. Your speech is set on one thing, and that is the direction you are going. An example of speaking with your feet, is getting involved in drama, especially when combined with a a forward mouth. You get wind of a rumor, and you tell it to others without validating it. Not only do you spread it, but you look for more gossip to spread to support the “fact” of the original rumor. You just go with the flow.
Teach With Your Fingers
It’s teaching others to do something, without telling them why. Teaching through actions only. It’s Jim Jones telling everyone to drink the Kool-Aid. It’s you living your life because others told you to live it that way, without telling you why. It’s living without a heart.
The thing these all have in common is that they are heartless. It’s living in the moment, letting the little distractions of life get in the way of the big picture. One of the most dangerous things we can do in our faith is live in the moment, to get caught up by all the little things. When we get caught up in the moment, we catch ourselves doing things we regret, doing things that are not pleasing to God.
We often give ourselves to things that doesn’t matter, or things that aren’t even true. We take what we see in front of us, and without knowledge of the bigger picture we blow it out of proportion. An example of this is the publicity of political candidates. They will take some false, or misinterpret fact/quote about their rivals and adversities it to the public. Then the public will take what they say, and believe it without acting on their own to find the truth behind the statements. On a smaller scale, but just as important, we see what is directly in front of us, and living according to what we see in the moment. Stop for the moment and see the whole picture, see what God says about the challenges you are facing.
The second thing to note is, learn why you believe what you believe. Don’t believe in something others tell you to believe in only because they said so. Take the time to learn about it. When it comes to religion, don’t believe because you parents, friends, some mentor, or whoever told you to believe. Read the bible yourself, and discover for yourself what is truth, and what isn’t. When it comes to voting, don’t vote for who you are told to vote for, research the issues yourself. You may end up voting for something that in the end may hurt you., if you don’t understand it all. Have a backbone.
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything
Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;
haste makes mistakes.