How long will ye imagine mischief against a man?

David asked this question in Psalm 62:3, “How long will ye imagine mischief against a man?” The answer is not for long. 

Solomon wrote;

“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19

God hates; any man that devices wicked imaginations, mischief, lies against anyone. Actually, as a believer, you shouldn’t imagine mischief against anybody, or be found to be responsible for causing harm, injury or annoyance. If you do, remember that God is a defender of the defenceless – he’s their rock and salvation. David said, “…he is my defence; I shall not be moved” (Psalm 62:6). God keeps watch over the disadvantaged; the oppressed, the poor and the needy. He does so that they may continue to trust him, and love his name and be joyful in him. Through the prophet Isaiah He said, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” Isaiah 41:17

He said, I the Lord will hear them! “…unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.” Psalm 62:12 

How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? Earlier I said, not for long! Power belongs to God.

David said, “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” Psalm 62:10-11

I hear Paul say, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9 

And our Lord says, “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” (Matthew 18:7). What does that mean? It shouldn’t be you who causes others to grieve, hurt, stumble or offend. Imagine mischief against no man, you shall be slain if you do.

God bless,


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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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