Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.
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When King David was being chased by Saul, one figure that emerges as a partner-worker of evil is “Doeg the Edomite.” Doeg got himself in good with King Saul by telling Saul how David accepted help from a community of priests (1 Samuel 22:6-19); information which eventually led to the murder of their entire community.
David calls out Doeg by attacking directly at the problem: Doeg’s heart. David describes him as a “worker of deceit” with “a razor” tongue that “plots destruction.” Doeg carries the stench of arrogance in his tongue, but worst yet, this attitude is a reflection of his heart. He intends harm to others and is power-driven. He truly “loves evil more than good.” Cruelty seems to follow this man. In Rabbinical literature, Doeg is characterized by his malice, jealousy, and calumnious tongue.
We must examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5) to know our own heart. Are we leaning towards a heart that despises other people? Do we fantasize about our own rise to power, at the expense of (or even at the purposeful detriment to) others? Do we boast in our worth while forgetting the cost Christ paid for us, thus giving us our worth?