Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 12:12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble. 14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
Satisfied Or Snared
Verse 12 mentions the root of the righteous and how it will bear fruit… and that is contrasted in the same verse with the wicked person coveting the spoils or fruit of those who do evil. Then in verse 13 we see how fruit begins bearing on the tree of the wicked man… that is… the fruit of his lips…which form traps. Solomon says he is ensnared so we find his words bring him into bondage. And then in verse 13 we find that the righteous is not snared by his own words but escapes from trouble… Finally in verse 14 Solomon continues referring to the fruit of a righteous persons lips and how this fruit which bears fruit in its root as verse 12 says, also bears fruit not only through the mouth but through the work of a mans hand.
So to summarize what I am seeing here… It’s a matter of the heart that determines the fruit that our heart produces… the fruit our mouth produces and the fruit our hands produce. And we can surmise I think our heart determines what we meditate on in our mind, where our legs take us and all the things we do in our body whether good or bad.
And since it’s all about the heart… You may remember a text we already looked at in Proverbs 4, verse 23-24 which says: 23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 24 Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.
So these things are linked one with another. And in Luke 6:45 Jesus said it this way: The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
But of course as a bad tree cannot make good fruit we need a good heart if we are to produce good fruit… which we do not have.
Ezekiel 36: 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.