The Wicked Man, Pt. 9

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

Psalm 10:7

In this continuation of our study of this passage about the wicked man, we come to this verse and a description of the mouth of the wicked man.  As Christians, our speech should be the opposite of the wicked man’s.

“His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud.”  A Christian should not curse and the wicked man does curse – that should be obvious to anyone.  But the second and third parts of this phrase are a little tougher.  The mouth of the wicked man is also full of deceit and fraud.  Sometimes, as Christians, we allow our speech to contain some deceit and fraud.  Both of those things deal with misleading people into believing something that is not true.

Christians are usually careful to not “lie.”  But they will often “handle the truth dishonestly.”  We will leave out important details or word things in such a way as to make someone think the opposite of what is true.  We then console ourselves with “I didn’t tell a lie” or “I didn’t say anything that wasn’t the truth.”  But our conscience knows better.  We know full well when we are being deceitful.  Deceit and fraud are the marks of the speech of the wicked man.  They should not characterize the speech of a Christian.

This verse also says of the wicked man, “under his tongue is mischief and vanity.”  The mouth of the wicked is also marked by foolishness and vanity.  As it says in Proverbs “The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”  In the contrast of the wise and foolish in the area of speech, where do we find ourselves today?  As Christians, let us watch our speech and keep it far from cursing, deceit, fraud, mischief and vanity.

I will be away from the computer for a couple of weeks.  Feel free to comment, and I will respond when I get back.  Thanks for reading and commenting and God bless!

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