The royal scribes of king Hezekiah collected more than 100 of Solomon’s proverbs. That collection continues in this chapter.
KJV translation: The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.
as bold as a lion. When we walk with the LORD God, we can overcome our fears and be bold. As bold as a lion! Read more »
a land has many rulers. During times of civil unrest, the leadership of a nation is changed more rapidly.
VERSE 3. A needy man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no crops.
praise the wicked. We live in an era when wickedness is seen as good, and good is seen as wickedness.
VERSE 5. Evil men don’t understand justice; but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
poor who walks in his integrity. It is better to be poor (destitute) and honest (blameless) than to be rich and wicked.
VERSE 7. Whoever keeps the Torah is a wise son; but he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.
VERSE 8. He who increases his wealth by excessive interest gathers it for one who has pity on the poor.
turns away … from … the Torah. In our day, many Christians have, in effect, turned away from the Bible.
hearing. Faith comes by hearing:
Amos 8:11. Behold, the days come,” says the Lord GOD, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the LORD’s words.
Proverbs 28:9. He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.
Baruch 1:3. And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joakim king of Judah, and in the hearing of all the people that came to hear the book,
Romans 10:17. So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
VERSE 10. Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he will fall into his own trap; but the blameless will inherit good.
rich man is wise in his own eyes. Some rich people are pretentious. They think they know it all. But they are conceited.
VERSE 12. When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
conceals his sins. Solomon’s father David tried to conceal his adultery with Bathsheba and his murdering Uriah the Hittite. But concealing things did not go well for David.
VERSE 14. Blessed is the man who always fears; but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
VERSE 15. As a roaring lion or a charging bear, so is a wicked ruler over helpless people.
hates ill-gotten gain. We should not take advantage of people. We should not exploit them.
VERSE 17. A man who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death; no one will support him.
VERSE 18. Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe; but one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.
works his land. Solomon sees hard work as the ideal for his subjects.
VERSE 20. A faithful man is rich with blessings; but one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished.
VERSE 21. To show partiality is not good; yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
A stingy man. Literally, “a man with an evil eye.”
VERSE 23. One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the tongue.
VERSE 24. Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “It’s not wrong,” is a partner with a destroyer.
greedy. Someone with an uncontrolled, avaricious appetite for material things.
VERSE 26. One who trusts in himself is a fool; but one who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
gives to the poor. The Bible calls us to give help to poor people. We are to give them money.
has no lack. To the extent that we bless poor people, God will bless us. And to the extent that we avoid being a blessing to the poor, we will miss out on being blessed by God.
VERSE 28. When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous thrive.
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