Thursday, September 8, 2022
17 A murderer haunted by guilt
is doomed—there’s no helping him.
18 Walk straight—live well and be saved;
a devious life is a doomed life.
Doing Great Harm in Seemingly Harmless Ways
19 Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food;
play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate.
20 Committed and persistent work pays off;
get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.
21 Playing favorites is always a bad thing;
you can do great harm in seemingly harmless ways.
22 A miser in a hurry to get rich
doesn’t know he’ll end up broke.
-Proverbs 28:17-22 The Message
17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,
he will be a fugitive until death;
let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good,
but a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
22 A stingy man hastens after wealth
and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
-Proverbs 28:17-22 ESV
Verses 17-18 studies: A sinner’s conscience will drive them either to guilt or death. The guilt that builds up will probably result in repentance. Death will probably happen of refusal to repent. It is no act of kindness to try to make them feel better. The more guilt they feel, the more they are likely to turn to God for repentance. If we interfere with the natural consequences of his act, we may make it easier for them to continue in sin.
Verse 20 study: Faith and wisdom may lead to riches, but giving priority to riches is a severe error.
Verse 21 study: Just a tiny bribe can have messy results in maintaining order and justice in society.
Verse 22 study: A stingy man, a miser. Poverty will come. This means two things.
- Miser lacks the wisdom to keep wealth and gain it.
- God’s justice will not allow such one to be rich.