Proverbs 23:7 Does Not Mean We Become What We Think

Proverbs 23:7 Does Not Mean We Become What We Think

We must read Scriptures carefully and in context...

Say it often and people will eventually believe it.

This is a scientifically proven fact.(ABC News)

Even among Christians, oft repeated errors are eventually accepted as truth.

One notorious example is Proverbs 23:7, highly popular among self-esteem advocates. 

Whole doctrines are based on these words: "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." 

Supposedly, we become who we think we are, so we should think highly of ourselves. 

Proverbs 23:7 Does Not Mean We Become What We Think
But to have this meaning, this verse must be 
  • cut in half 
  • taken out of context
  • quoted only in KJV
In reality, the verse is speaking about the thoughts of a stingy person and has nothing to do with who we become (look it up HERE).

Feelings of inferiority or superiority are based on false views of self. They don't change the facts. 

I might think I'm another C.S. Lewis,* but that doesn't make me one.

It's so important to check out popular Christian sayings, making sure they're accurate and in context (Colossians 2:8).

For a more in-depth article on Proverbs 23:7, read "Do We Become What We Think?"
* I don't : )

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  1. This is so true. Just like people say "God works in Mysterious Ways His wonders to preform." Is not in the Bible but from a hymn by William Cowper.

  2. Thank you I've always questioned the commentaries on this verse and what others have spoken up... Bless you for opening this up for me bless you.... I knew it was more

  3. The way you think reveals your actual character. Simple.

    1. I agree with your statement that our thinking reveals our character, and that could probably be supported with Scripture, just not this one.

      If you read the full verse of Proverbs 23:7 in every translation, you will find that it is talking about the way a stingy man thinks. It doesn't support the belief that we become what we think as some people claim.

      Matthew 15:11, Luke 6:45, and 2 Cor. 10:3-5 would support your statement : )


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