The Person with Two Faces

What does it mean to be two-faced? The term is not a literal one, for no one has two faces.

Or do they?

In Psalm 58, David addresses the leaders of Israel. These men are the lawmakers, those who set the tone for the nation, the example the people are meant to follow. They are the judges that posture in the guise of righteousness as they decide matters of life and death, and they are also the ones that make the decision whether the widow may gather grain from a rich man’s field.

However, look in Verse 2. Their true natures are revealed. David says they work wickedness in their hearts, even as they go about their business on the earth.

Were the leaders of Israel two-faced? These men presented one face to their constituents in court, and as they went about their daily business, they acted in a completely different way. They put on a face of uprightness when it suited them, but a face of wickedness when they felt it was to their advantage.

One person; two faces.


Let’s look at the attributes of a two-faced person and see how God expects us to deal with him or her.

First, how do we know a two-faced person?

In Verse 3, we learn they are born bad. Their lying is an innate character flaw that emerges at birth.

In Verses 4-5, we see them as incorrigible, deadly snakes. There is no one who can tempt them to do good. They will not listen to wise advice from any source, even God.

Second, what are we to do when we confront a two-faced person?

David, in Verse 6, turns to God, pleading for him to shut off their evil words so they cannot harm him with the things they say.

In Verse 7, David asks that their evil plans against him be thwarted. He wants God to turn the conspiracies of the two-faced person into something that benefits the righteous man.

Third, can we trust God to deal with our oppressor in a timely manner?

Verses 8-9 assure us God will remove the two-faced person from our presence, quicker than a pot can feel the flames of the fire.

Fourth, how should we respond when God vanquishes the two-faced person, ejecting him or her from our presence?

We find our expected response in Verses 10-11. When God takes his vengeance on the two-faced person, we are to rejoice in Christ. We are to raise our voices and cry out to the world that we serve a righteous God who judges all who walk the face of the earth.

The two-faced person is a snake and a liar. God will cast him or her from our presence in exchange for nothing more than our praise.

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