; morally wrong
; concretely an (actively) bad
From an unused root meaning to despatch
as a deputy; a messenger
; specifically of God, that is, an angel
(also a prophet, priest or teacher).
A primitive root; to fall
, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively).
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 19885
or (as noun) evil
(naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
but a faithful
, that is, (figuratively) trusty
; also (abstractly) trustworthiness
; a hinge
in turning); also a throe
(as a physical or mental pressure
); also a herald
or errand doer (as constrained
by the principal).
; properly curative
, that is, literally (concretely) a medicine
, or (abstractly) a cure
; figuratively (concretely) deliverance
, or (abstractly) placidity
_ _ A wicked or, “unfaithful”
_ _ messenger falleth into mischief or, “by mischief,” or “evil,” and so his errand fails. Contrasted is the character of the faithful, whose faithfulness benefits others.
_ _ Here we have, 1. The ill consequences of betraying a trust. A wicked messenger, who, being sent to negotiate any business, is false to him that employed him, divulges his counsels, and so defeats his designs, cannot expect to prosper, but will certainly fall into some mischief or other, will be discovered and punished, since nothing is more hateful to God and man than the treachery of those that have a confidence reposed in them. 2. The happy effects of fidelity: An ambassador who faithfully discharges his trust, and serves the interests of those who employ him, is health; he is health to those by whom and for whom he is employed, heals differences that are between them, and preserves a good understanding; he is health to himself, for he secures his own interest. This is applicable to ministers, Christ's messengers and ambassadors; those that are wicked and false to Christ and the souls of men do mischief and fall into mischief, but those that are faithful will find sound words to be healing words to others and themselves.
A messenger Who is unfaithful in the execution of that which is committed to his charge. Is health Procures benefit, as to his master, so to himself.
A wicked messenger falleth (h) into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.
(h) Brings many inconveniences both to himself and to others.
Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.
Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, [and] drinketh damage.
Jeremiah 23:13-16 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. ... Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, [and] not out of the mouth of the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What [is] the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Ezekiel 33:7-8 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. ... When I say unto the wicked, O wicked [man], thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
- a faithful ambassador:
- Heb. an ambassador of faithfulness
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