You know those people who are always up to no good. They always have a trick up their sleeve and a devious disposition, but sometimes they will invite you to socialize with them. When you get that dinner party invitation from them, you do not know what to think. You find it a bit stragne and surprising — maybe even a bit alarming. So, what should you do? Should you go? This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 23:6 — 7 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
6 Eat thou not the bread of him who hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
According to our key text, the answer is no. You should not attend the dinner party or desire things of this person, because he or she does not mean you well. The scripture above does not only apply to physical food, however. When it comes to people who we know take joy in walking the crooked path, we should not ingest their words either. We should not let our ears feast upon nor our minds digest what they have to say. It can be easy to be fooled by fancy facades of kindness, but it is the genuine heart of a man that defines him — not his fake actions. It may appear that the type of person depicted in this scripture means well or just wants to be friendly, but as the Word of God warns us, “…as he (him who hath an evil eye) thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
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