The Nature of Humankind

Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.  The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.  That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.  The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchman and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.  Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth shut from her that lieth in thy bosom.  For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Micah 7:1-6

In these verses, we get a glimpse into humanity.  There are many who would try to convince us that man is naturally good and that we are always improving and getting better as people.  But the Bible would tell us otherwise.  The Bible would say that man, in his natural state is wicked and evil.  The Bible would describe mankind as these verses describe him, and when we look at the world around us, it would seem:

“The good man is perished out of the earth.”

“…there is none upright among men”

“…they may do evil with both hands earnestly”

“The best of them is as a brier”

“…the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge”

We can see “sons dishonoring fathers” and “daughters rising up against mothers.”  We have been disappointed by those around us.  We have even been disappointed by those closest to us.  When we look at those things, we can surely say with the prophet: “Woe is me.”  Some would have us believe that man is basically good and that he is getting better and better.  But the Bible paints a different picture of man.  Fortunately, that’s not the end of the passage.  We will look at the next verse tomorrow.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    Sometimes reality bites and we don’t want to think about the ‘bad’ things but the truth is what it is. Man is born in sin. Thankful for the blood of Christ that brings redemption.



  2. I think we have to see this in ourselves so we can come to Him. Otherwise the world keeps us fooled that we are looking pretty good. God bless you, Ben, for showing us in His word the reality of us without Him.


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