1 Chronicles 7:1–8:40; Acts 27:1-20; Psalm 7:1-17; Proverbs 18:22
Fallen Into the [Very] Pit Which He Made
If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. – Psalm 7:12-16
Here are the same verses fromt he Amplified translation.
If a man does not repent, God will sharpen His sword; He has strung and bent His [mighty] bow and made it ready. He has also prepared [other] deadly weapons for Himself; He makes His arrows fiery shafts [aimed at the unrepentant]. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. Behold, the [wicked and irreverent] man is pregnant in sin, And he conceives mischief and gives birth to lies. He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, and has fallen into the [very] pit which he made [as a trap], His mischief will return on his own head, And his violence will come down on the top of his. Head [like loose dirt.]– Psalm 7:12-16 AMP
David’s description of how deception comes into the world, and the consequences of bringing it forth is so interesting. He uses the language of the process of childbirth.
Conception is a very intimate act—as is pregnancy and birth. In this passage, David reveals how wickedness privately and intimately schemes evil, which incubates trouble and eventually gives birth to deceit—scary stuff to fool with.
They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves. The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads. If we’re going to give birth to lies, then we must realize that the result will be our own entrapment.
We should remember these verses the next time we are tempted to fabricate something in thought, word, or deed. Only the truth has the power to set us free.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32
Mighty Men of Valour
And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand. – 1 Chronicles 7:5
All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle. – 1 Chronicles 7:11
All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father’s house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men. – 1 Chronicles 7:40
And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons’ sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin. – 1 Chronicles 8:40
Paul Warns But is Not Believed
Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. – Acts 27:9-11
All Hope that We Should Be Saved Was Then Taken Away
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven. And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; and the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. – Acts 27:15-20
Whoso Findeth a Wife
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. – Proverbs 18:22