One of the key verse that may impact your life on this earth is Proverb 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. You are the product of your thoughts in your heart. To change your life, change your thoughts. But a study of the full verse reveals other important meanings. Find out more ....Proverb 23:6-8
- Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: v6
- For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. v7
- The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. v8
- Group 1 You are what you think ..... The Older Translations
There are KJV, NASB, ASV, BBE, ISV, JPS, JUB, LITV, RV, YLT etc. e.g.:
(NAS77) For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you.
(YLT) For as he hath thought in his soul, so is he, `Eat and drink,' saith he to thee, And his heart is not with thee.
- Group 2 Keeping Account ...Calculating ....The Newer Translations
ESV, NIV, HCSB, CEV, CJB, ERV, GW, GE, NLT, NET etc. e.g,:
(ESV) for he is like one who is inwardly calculating. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
(CJB) For he is like someone who keeps accounts — "Eat! Drink!" he says to you, but he doesn't really mean it.
(NLT) They are always thinking about how much it costs. "Eat and drink," they say, but they don't mean it.
- Group 3 Eating Hairs! ....
(Aramaic Bible in Plain English) For just as a man swallows a bristle hair, so you eat and drink with him and his mind is not with you.
(Septuagint by Brenton) so he eats and drinks as if any one should swallow a hair, and do not bring him in to thyself, nor eat thy morsel with him:
(Lexham English Bible) For, like hair in his throat, so it is. "Eat and drink!" he will say to you, but his heart will not be with you.
Verse 7. - For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. The verb here used is שָׁעַר (shaar), "to estimate, ....to calculate," and the clause is best rendered, For as one that calculates with himself, so is he. The meaning is that this niggardly host watches every morsel which his guest eats, and grudges what he appears to offer so liberally. In the Authorized Version the word "heart" occurs twice in this verse, but the Hebrew words are different. The first is nephesh, "breath," equivalent to "mind;" the second is leb, "heart." The Vulgate paraphrases the clause, Quoniam in similitudinem arioli et conjectoris, aestimat quod ignorat, "For like a soothsayer or diviner he conjectures that of which he is ignorant." Eat and drink, saith he to thee. He professes to make you welcome, and with seeming cordiality invites you to partake of the food upon his table. But his heart is not with thee. He is not glad to see you enjoy yourself, and his pressing invitation is empty verbiage with no heart in it. The Septuagint, pointing differently, translates, "For as if one should swallow a hair, so he eats and drinks." The Greek translators take the gnome to apply to one who invites an envious man to his table, and finds him eating his food as if it disgusted him. They go on, "Bring him not in to thee, nor eat thy morsel with him; for (ver. 8) he will vomit it up, and outrage thy fair words." In agreement with the gnome above, we find in the Talmud, "My son, eat not the bread of the covetous, nor sit thou at his table. The bread of the covetous is only pain and anguish; the bread of the generous man is a source of health and joy."
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,.... He is not the man his mouth speaks or declares him to be, but what his heart thinks; which is discovered by his looks and actions, and by which he is to be judged of, and not by his words;
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.
May we be deligent in guarding our heart through the thoughts we allow to enter into our mind. May we develop a God fearing mindset and to fill our mind with good thoughts and good thinking mindset. May be confidence to search our thoughts for the UGB Ungodly beliefs that bind us. Replace them with Godly thoughts that we may be freed to live a victorious life that glorify God.
Lim Liat (c) 14 July 2015