“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” - Proverbs 15:3.
          Interestingly, discussion of the phrase “the eyes of the Lord” is a major theme in Proverbs: the Lord knows the actions and hearts of all, so he is neither pleased with nor fooled by one who offers sacrifices while continuing in the way of wickedness (cf. vv. 8–9, 11, 26, 29).  This phrase appears (sometimes minus the ‘the”) some 20x in the whole of the OT and 1x (1 Pet. 3:12) in the NT.  It inevitably the result of having a relationship (or a call from) with God and thus, the vesting of some result as a result.  This is what we could call a “specific” sense of the watchfulness of God.  But there is also what some have called a “Synthetic” sense as well. David, for instance proclaims that God watches over the “sheep of His Pasture” and other like statements.  It can also be understood to refer to the perpetual and ongoing care that God exercise over His people.  (Deut. 11:12; Joel 3:2).  
         The chief idea used in the phrase, of course is that of seeing or watching.  There is no implication of the physicality of God or the possession of actual, physical eyes on His part.  Rather, He sees with the greater sense of the awareness that is a part of His omniscience.  Because this “sight” is omnipresent (as God is) it is frequently used to be the very definition of what is good and acceptable in His “sight”.  And so, it is safe, I think, to understand the phrase, as I have said, as a reference to God’s omniscience.
 
12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year. (Deuteronomy 11:12)

2  I will also gather all nations,
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land. (Joel 3:2)
 

         Now, as a matter of further consideration, we should ask the question of just what is it that this phrase is speaking of? 

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” - Proverbs 15:3.

They are “in every place”, which is difficult to misunderstand.  There can be few other ways in which to see the phrase.  We ought to see it as a continuation of the idea of omniscience we spoke of earlier.  The phrasing of the idea taught here implies a real place, though perhaps not a literal, physical place.  There is no place, David says, where one can go to hide or escape from the seeing awareness of our Lord, where God will not witness our actions.           
           
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” - Proverbs 15:3
         “Beholding” simply refers to the idea of keeping watch or guarding a thing to see, to scan, to look over whatever it is that happens.  The point is not so much that God is watching each of us but that He is watching and aware no matter where and/or what goes on.  Remember that we understand this to be speaking of God’s omnipresence and thus see this to be saying that is constantly aware of whatever goes on in His creation. 
         Many want to think that God watches “me” and there is surely a sense in which this is true.  But the larger sense is the idea that God watches, He scans or is aware of all that is happening.  The word translated “every” is one that refers to the whole of a matter as opposed to the individual parts.  Again, we note that it is not so much each individual part of the creation that God watches, but the whole of the creation that is under His scrutiny.  
         David goes on and points out that this is not a matter of God performing the function of a guard or one who watches a door to see that no one enters or leaves, so to speak.  Rather it is saying that God keeps an eye on each action, good and evil, that occurs in His creation.  We can see that this has bearing on the fact that all men in that creation will give account for his or her actions, good or evil while they dwell in God’s creation.  “The phrase “…the evil and the good” underscores this for us makes this a bit more general for us.  It tells us that God scans or watches to see each action, good or evil and sees each person that does such good and/or evil. 


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