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Dec. 3 – Prov. 3

Hello and thanks for joining in on to today’s daily devotion. Today is Thursday. Dec. 3rd. The 5th day of the Hebraic week.

Our verses today are Proverbs 3:29, 30

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. 30 Do not accuse a man for no reason — when he has done you no harm.

Now, for most, this would seem like an obvious thing right? Don’t accuse someone if they haven’t harmed you. The word for harm here in the Hebrew carries the meaning of “evil”. So don’t accuse someone if they haven’t done evil to you. When someone does evil to you, it’s when they plan it. Evil is not done on accident. It’s done on purpose. So we’re not to accuse someone if you know they did not intend to hurt you. Pretty straight forward.

So why give us the obvious? Why are these verses really here? Because emotions can be stirred for many different reasons. Miscommunications. No communications. Misunderstandings. You name it. When emotions begin to flare it’s so easy to let them go and do something that we know is not truly deserved by the other party.

So be careful in talking to others in accusing someone of something. Don’t plot against them or accuse them of something when you know there was no intent of evil whatsoever done against you.

Again …

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. 30 Do not accuse a man for no reason — when he has done you no harm. (no evil)

Let this be a focus in your time of meditation throughout the day. Until tomorrow, shalom!