Archive for October 26th, 2009

They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them …

Micah 2:2

"You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

Exodus 20:17 

Matthew Henry imagines a person saying “Oh that such a one’s field and house (husband/wife, ox, etc.) were mine! It lies convenient for me, and I would manage it better than he/she does; it is fitter for me than for him/her.”

He goes on to say, “They set their wits on work to invent ways of accomplishing their desire; they devise iniquity with a great deal of cursed art and policy; they plot how to do it effectually, and yet so as not to expose themselves, or bring themselves into danger, or under reproach, by it.”

Henry says that this thinking on one’s bed is the working of evil and that the thinker derives as as much pleasure thinking about it as actually doing it.


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Thinking in bed

Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Micah 2:1

Albert Barnes (1798–1870) writes,

They plot and forecast and fulfill it even in thought, before it comes to act.

… [the bed] ought to be the place of holy thought, and of communing with their own hearts and with God …

Stillness must be filled with thought, good or bad; if not with good, then with bad.

The chamber, if not the sanctuary of holy thoughts, is filled with unholy purposes and imaginations.

Man’s last and first thoughts, if not of good, are especially of vanity and evil. The Psalmist says, "Lord, have I not remembered Thee in my bed, and thought upon Thee when I was waking?" Psalms 63:6.

These men thought of sin on their bed, and did it on waking.

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