Hatred and Love
Proverbs 10: 11- 13
“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. (12) Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” (13) In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.”
The center of this passage is “love covereth all sins.”
What does “all” mean? It means all. It means even the most offensive sins.
What does “cover” mean? It means to remove from sight. Love provide a cover for all sins. This is what God did for us by sending Jesus Christ to be the propitiation (satisfaction, atonement, mercy seat, a complete payment) for our sins. See Romans 3:25. The word “remission” actually has the idea of cover.
Proverbs 10:11-13 calls those who cover sins wise and verse 10 plainly says that they are righteous. (Remember that in the Bible the righteous are not the good, moral people. The righteous are those who have righteousness imputed to them because of their trusting God. See Romans 4:1-8
These righteous, wise, sin coverers are life givers according to verse 11. They are a well of life that finds its source in God himself. See John 4:13,14 Those who are filled with hate are murderers; life stealers. See 1 John 3:15
Verse 13 tells us that these righteous, wise, sin coverers, and life givers have understanding. The Hebrew word for this means “to intellectually be able to separate right and wrong, good and bad.” This is important. So many religious, moral people are not life givers; but are condemners. They may be moralistic, but because they do not meet this passages definition of who is righteous and wise they really have no understanding. They have no true ability to discern good and bad, or right and wrong. They will be as offended by this as the Pharisees were by Jesus Christ.
Verse 13 also tells us that the one who is beaten with rods is void of understanding. It is a different Hebrew word for understanding. It will be explained a little later.
Who is this one who is beaten with rods? Proverbs 26:3 tells us that the fool is the one who is beaten with rods.
The fool is the person who has rejected God. See Psalm 14:1 The fool is the one who has refused to listen to wisdom (God’s voice). See Proverbs 1:20-22
This “fool” has no compassion, no life to give, no wisdom, and rather than cover sins, they delight in exposing it and causing strife. (verse12) They are full of hatred.
The phrase “void of understanding” for this “fool” comes from a Hebrew word that means “void of heart.” God is giving us a definition of understanding that is beautiful. UNDERSTANDING IS TO HAVE A COMPASSIONATE HEART.
Conclusion 1: Someone who is constantly exposing the dirt on other people, constantly stirring up strife, is not wise, is not righteous by faith, and is a practical atheist. (a fool)
Conclusion 2: Those who are walking with God are filled with compassion, especially toward those who sin.