Contrasts: the wicked and the righteous!
Scripture reading for July 6th: Proverbs 10-13
Solomon used the literary device of contrasts to highlight God’s wisdom and truth. Two types of people were contrasted to help the reader discern which path of life to choose and evaluate how they wanted to live. The righteous man was wise and feared the Lord but the wicked man was foolish and hated God’s Word. These paths each had consequences.
Let’s look first at the foolish or wicked man. Proverbs 10:1 states that the foolish son brought grief to his mother. The foolish man was lazy and slept during harvest instead of working. (Proverbs 10:4-5) The wicked man’s mouth was filled with violence and caused dissension and strife. (Proverbs 10:11-12, 31-32) The wicked earned wages of punishment and poverty and have no hope. (Proverbs 10:15-16) (Proverbs 10:28, 11:23) Their own ways brought judgment and ruin into their lives and those around them. (Proverbs 10:27-29) The wicked may gain wealth, but it would not help them in the day of judgment! (Proverbs 11:4, 18) There would be shouts of joy when the wicked perished from the land. (Proverbs 11:10) God, Himself, detested those with perverse hearts and makes sure they were punished! (Proverbs 11:20-21)
By contrast, the righteous man was a joy to his father! (Proverbs 10:1) His righteousness delivered him from death, hunger and lack. He was a worker and enjoyed plenty because he gathered his crops during harvest season. (Proverbs 10:3-5) He was blessed and his would be remembered as one who was a blessing. (Proverbs 10:6-7) He was always open to correction and was teachable. (Proverbs 10:17) His mouth was a fountain of life and wisdom was found on his lips. (Proverbs 10:8-11) He was a man of integrity and rested securely. His love covered over many wrongs. (Proverbs 10:12) He would enjoy a long life filled with joy because his way is the Lord’s way! (Proverbs 10:27-29) He would be rescued from trouble and escape destruction because of his faithfulness to the Lord! His life would bless the city he lived in! (Proverbs 11:10-11) He was generous and gave, yet gained even more! (Proverbs 11:20,24-25) He would become a tree of life and win souls for the Lord! (Proverbs 11:30)
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which way is the most profitable and blessed! If you are wise, you will enjoy the blessings listed for the righteous! If you are a fool and unteachable, no one can help you! The choice is yours!