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Missing A Head
The English word "mischief" originated from a compound of two Latin words, mes, meaning minus, and chef, meaning the head. The word mischief literally means missing a head - a definition that may be based upon one or more circumstances or choices of behavior.
Mischief can mean that someone isn't "using their head," that they're being foolish - which could then possibly lead them into confrontations in which they literally lose their head by a violent response from someone that they've provoked - including governments that have, or still do, execute "mischief makers" by beheading. While the Biblical meaning certainly includes that definition, the Holy Scriptures describe those who do mischief as people who are lawless; they have no "head," as in a leader, or "chief" - which in the Word of God is the LORD and His Law. The "headless" are heedless.
"119:150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
"They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity"
As is often the case with English translations from the original Hebrew and Greek, the single word "mischief" is used to translate a number of different words that were actually written in the Holy Scriptures. In this case however, practically all of them have the same meaning as "mischief," although usually in a more specific way i.e. of the Hebrew words translated as "mischief," aw-sone means to be hurtful; raw means adversity or distress; aw-vone means immoral or contrary; aw-mawl means to cause worry; zawm-maw means a bad plan, or evil intent; aw-ven means to exert one's self in vain, or to come to nothing.
The Israelites got into mischief, they became "headless," when their head, or "chief," Moses, was up on Mount Sinai being given the Law from the Head of all humankind (see also The Head Of The Body).
"32:21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
Those who choose mischief will find that they will be supplied with even more. The wrath of the LORD will be made manifest by means of their own lawlessness.
"32:23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. 32:24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. 32:25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs." (Deuteronomy 32:23-25 KJV)
Those who do mischief never "grow up" to the salvation that could have been given to them; "He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine."
"15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompense. 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green. 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
"Mischief," which is lawlessness, is like digging one's own grave.
"7:14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
Fact Finder: How are mischief and strife caused by the same "headlessness"?