Proverbs 4:16 (Mini Sermon)



 

16. Pro 4:16 - "For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall." A. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; i. Mischief n. - 1. a. Evil plight or condition; misfortune; trouble, distress; in ME. often, need, want, poverty. Obs. 2. a. Harm or evil considered as the work of an agent or due to a particular cause. b. An injury wrought by a person or other agent; an evil arising out of or existing in certain conditions. ii. Righteous men can't sleep when they have done mischief (Psa 38:3 c/w Psa 32:4). iii. The wicked can't sleep except they have done mischief. a. They can't sleep because they are conceiving mischief (Psa 7:14). b. They devise mischief upon their beds (Psa 36:4; Mic 2:1). c. They talk of it and study it (Pro 24:2). d. The strange woman doesn't want to sleep until she has found someone to sleep with (Pro 7:15, 18). B. and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. i. Wicked men will deprive themselves of their own bodily needs until they destroy someone else (Act 23:12). ii. Conversely, righteous men won't sleep until they have done good that needs to be done (Psa 132:3-5).
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