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Where is "Guile" in the Bible?

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asked Aug 10, 2017 in Psalms by plainplow (1,440 points)

Where can you find the word guile in the Bible?

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answered Aug 10, 2017 by bible-answers (3,520 points)

The word guile is found in Psalm 32:2 where David is giving one more description of the man who is blessed because his sins are forgiven and covered and because God has not imputed iniquity to him. He says that this man doesn’t have any guile in his spirit.

He doesn’t have any deceit in him. He’s not deceiving people.

And don’t think that all of a sudden David is saying that you can have your sins forgiven by just trying really hard to not be deceitful.

We need to consider what David is talking about. What is this blessed man not deceitful about in context? He’s talking about not deceiving himself or God or others about his own sin and iniquity, of course.

The man whose sins are forgiven and covered and not imputed to him – he has come to the place where he no longer lies about his sin. He doesn’t deceive anyone about his sin. He knows and acknowledges readily that he is a sinner…

Really, there’s no way. There’s no way that you can lie about your sins – and at the same time have them forgiven. God doesn’t work that way with men.

If you want your sins forgiven, you need to not beguile others or yourself or God about those sins. You need to come clean.

And it’s not just you and I that experience this reality. David did, too…