Trust & Treachery

by David Apple May 1, 2014

Proverbs 25:19

Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble
is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips. ESV

Trusting a double-crosser when you're in trouble
is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.  The Message

The dictionary definition of treacherous is "guilty of or involving betrayal or deception as 'a treacherous Gestapo agent.'" Synonyms: disloyal, faithless, unfaithful, duplicitous, deceitful, deceptive, false, backstabbing, double-crossing, double-dealing, two-faced, Janus-faced, weaselly, untrustworthy, unreliable. Whew. What a list!

Scripture commands us not to lean on [trust] our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). How much worse to lean on someone who is much more unstable! He is as untrustworthy as a bad tooth for chewing or a crippled leg for walking. You cannot bite on the one, you cannot walk on the other. Trust in the Lord with all your might. God is our refuge and strength, an ever- present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).