speak [dabar] vanity [shav'] every one ['iysh] with his neighbour: [rea`]
with flattering [chelqah] lips [saphah] and with a double [leb]
heart [leb] do they speak. [dabar] KJV-Interlinear
speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart
they speak. NASB
There is no such thing as honor among thieves.
A thief will lie and cheat another thief just as he would a naïve victim.
But are we speaking of thieves here? No.
The context is the wicked, and more specifically those believers who once were 'godly,' but now are not.
When each person believes in Christ, for the very first time, that is the moment of their salvation. Salvation is permanent and insures the person a place in heaven with God, forever.
At that moment, in that instant, they are in fellowship, and therefore categorized as godly. So every believer is in fellowship and classified as 'godly' at least once in their life if only at the moment of their salvation.
But once a person commits a sin, which could occur anytime after that moment of salvation, perhaps a few minutes later or even longer after, then they are out of fellowship and therefore classified as ungodly, or wicked, or unbeliever imitators, or any number of synonyms of similar meaning.
When a person persists in their Bible study, they learn of confession, use it, get back into fellowship, and their spiritual life functions as it should.
When a person lapses in their studies, they forget confession (if they ever learn of it), remain out of fellowship and their spiritual life does not function.
They lapse into the arena of the wicked, and sooner or later as stated in verse one, they cease, they fail, they fall from grace, as it were. The longer time spent in this sphere, the more entrenched they become in the world of the worldly and the opinions of the worldly.
Since the world of the wicked is basically the world of lies, then their pattern of life follows that course. And as we all know, or should know, lies are not reliable, have no confidence, produce nothing, and so forth.
And as such, lies breed further lies and deceit, and discord in society. People begin to speak one thing while thinking another. Thus they are hypocrites, and said to be double minder, or as stated here, speak with a double heart.
They say one thing which may be heard outwardly, that which they want to be heard, but they are thinking another thing inwardly, which is their real intent.
Deut. 25:13 calls it a stone and a stone. This is where a deceitful person uses one stone with which to make purchases and a different stone with which to sell, stating that they are both of the same weight, which they are not. So he cheats in effect.
And that is what a double minded person does. They cheat in life.
They cheat themselves by pursuing lies rather than truth, and they cheat others by means of their pattern of life in lies.
This verse calls them double hearted. The heart is typically used to describe the circulating function of the soul. It is the circulation of ongoing thought, just as the heart is in constant pumping action in the physical body.
The wicked person lives a life of constant lies, constant deceit, in a constant fog wherein they cannot even see the error of their own ways. That makes them an easy target for the lies of the world in the form of philosophy, opinion, politics, religion, social dysfunction, and so forth.
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