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GOSSIP

September 9, 2014

Tuesday

 

Psalms 41:5-8

 

Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

 

LESSON

 

David continued to address the congregation of Israel, and he presented the alternative to caring for the helpless with its consequences. He did this by relating a personal experience. His enemies, rather than being merciful, took advantage of his weakness. They hoped for his death, spoke hypocritically to him when they visited him, and spread gossip that he would not survive.

Even a former genuine friend of David had turned against him. Ahithophel, who betrayed David and then hanged himself, did this. Yet it is not certain that he was the person the psalmist had in mind here. David had more than one friend who later turned against him. Jesus quoted this verse and applied it to Judas.

We may not live long enough to outlive our enemies, but two things are certain: We will have enemies, and, God wants us to deal with them in a certain way.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 29:11

 

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