Saturday, January 12, 2008

No Guile-John 1.47

I was talking with my good friend Justin Elam the other day, and I was describing a person as one who had "no guile." I first read of this idea in John 1.47 of Nathanael. It says, "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" I was intrigued by this word and truth. It comes from a greek word, dolos; from the root del; a bait, fig. craft, deceit: —deceit(6), guile(3), stealth(2). It is also found in some Old Testament verses.
Psa. 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Psa. 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
1Pet. 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1Pet. 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pet. 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
I want to be a man in whom is NO GUILE. You?

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