The Eyes Have It

Part 2 of 2

When I began the original post on lack of eye contact, I thought that I would use only one post to illustrate the Bible’s relevance on this subject. I had forgotten just how relevant, how extensively and comprehensively relevant the Bible is. We barely stepped through the door into all that the Bible says about the eyes. So, this post will continue the theme with a few more examples, followed by a couple of principles.

Averting the eyes or face can express anger and rejection. In Psalm 27:9, it is God who, in anger, might avert His face from David. Relational alienation hurts emotionally, which is why we see David plead that God not turn away. In no case would God be angry or reject sinfully, but we do. When a person averts her face from another, it can express a silent slap on the cheek.

Lowering the eyes can hide the intentions. Like a lamp shines on a subject, the eyes often convey attitudes which shed light on the heart (Prov. 21:4). Lowered lids can hide intentions and may indicate that trouble is brewing (Prov. 10:10).

Glaring can convey intense hatred. Job said that God glared at him as an enemy (Job 16:9). Literally, it says “sharpens his eye,” and could be translated “look daggers at.” God did not hate Job, but He had taken action that Job interpreted as the actions of an enemy. A glare of hatred in challenge of authority might be a harbinger of aggressive action.

Winking can be a silent, respectful acknowledgement of someone, as in acknowledging someone’s mouthed “Thank you” in a setting where talking would be rude to others.

Winking or lowered eyelids may be intended for allurement (Prov. 6:25). It is a form of charm, insinuation, or false promise for selfish gain.

Winking may be employed to mask or distract while plotting sin (Prov. 16:30). Compressing the lips and squinting the eyes can give the appearance of deep thought, which may be a mask, a distraction, or express a determined purpose. Rapid blinking and strange eye motions can distract others from what they are trying to say. I recently tried rapid blinking and eye motions just to see what it is like for the one doing it. I found that, besides making the world look strange, I had to concentrate to keep doing it; I could not hear as well. It effectively distracted me. Besides distraction of self or others, these motions could express defiance or illegitimately gain attention.

Rolling eyes or lofty eyes are haughty eyes. They express mockery and arrogance (Prov. 30:12-13; Ps. 101:5; Prov. 6:17). The mocking eye that scorns others, especially parents, expresses a haughty heart that refuses to respect or submit to authority (Prov. 30:17). When a person is in a state of blatant pride, he is is a know-it-all and lacks a teachable spirit. This is not the moment for a lecture.


In these two posts on the use of eyes, we have not come close to covering all that the Bible says about eyes. There is instruction on what eyes indicate about goals (Prov. 4:25; 17:24), being watched (Prov. 5:21), lazy or sleep-filled eyes (Prov. 6:4), the effect of bright, glad eyes (Prov. 15:30), hallucinations (Prov. 23:33) and so many more. We haven’t even touched terms like “look,” “sight,” and “watch,” which also involve the eyes. Nor did we discuss much of what to do with these observations.

By citing a few examples I am not trying to prove that the Bible is relevant. Rather, the Bible itself makes that claim. These two posts have simply taken that claim at face value and applied it on one topic in order to gain a taste of the Bible’s relevance to a particular odd behavior common to children labeled with RAD.

The Bible is relevant to all problems of living. Christians can enjoy confidence in God’s Word. There is no need to think that the psychologies have a corner on the market regarding an understanding of human behavior. For example, the various eye motions that a child might practice do not necessarily signify a mental illness. They are behaviors not uncommon to the fearful, the angry, the foolish, or the rebellious, and are employed for a purpose. Christians can freely enjoy absolute confidence in the Bible’s relevance and sufficiency regarding any human moral behavior.

Be motivated to study. If we are going to apply the Bible to the specific behaviors, we need to study it.


About Linda

Wifing, Singing, Studying, Counseling. I counsel at Gateway Biblical Counseling and Training Center. M.A. in Biblical Counseling. Certified by Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
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