“Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.” Proverbs 23:3
Solomon wrote this. Either he fought the problem of having too much good food around as king or he watched others fight the good food fight of eating.
This verse is part of three verses which picture the person who faces food dilemmas. Meat in the scriptures usually means food in general. This word is most often translated bread. I see it as little high calorie delicacies.
When we lived in Southern California, we would take trips to a quaint little place up the California coast called Solvang. It was a Scandinavian town with lots of little pastry shops. The shop would bring a canopy-covered tray with several varieties of petit fours to your table. Of course, they charged you for the ones you ate. Along with coffee, you were certainly tempted to eat them all—and they were delicious.
Those were dainties—deceitful delights. As a special once in a great while treat, they were tasty and I wouldn’t put them on my never eat list. I probably could have restrained myself to one or two, but for me they were bite-size. It’s doesn’t seem so bad when they are only one bite apiece.
Yet sugar-filled treats are deceitful. They are delicious but they are potentially fattening. There is a controversy going on now about what is causing the epidemic of obesity. Many experts say it is sugar. Others will say other things, such as fat, overeating, and no exercise. But all the forms of sugar are potentially problematic. It certainly may affect the rise in diabetes.
The point of this is that some food is deceitful. That means it may taste good but it’s not good for you. Think about the food you are choosing. Is it deceitful?