A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.
3 A poor man who oppresses the poor
Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
But such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice,
But those who seek the LORD understand all.
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He himself will fall into his own pit;
But the blameless will inherit good.
11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding searches him out.
12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory;
But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13 He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
14 Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
Is a wicked ruler over poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor,
But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
17 A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;
Let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.
23 He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother,
And says, “It is no transgression,”
The same is companion to a destroyer.
25 He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
27 He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
28 When the wicked arise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.
Thought of the
THE book of Proverbs is also a book of promises. Promises ought to be proverbs among the people of God. This is a very remarkable one. We are accustomed to think of our good things as in reversion, but here we are told that we shall have them in possession.
Not all the malice and cunning of our enemies can work our destruction: they shall fall into the pit which they have dug. Our inheritance is so entailed upon us that we shall not be kept out of it, nor so turned out of the way as to miss it.
But what have we now? We have a quiet con-science through the precious blood of Jesus. We have the love of God set upon us beyond all change. We have power with God in prayer in all time of need. We have the providence of God to watch over us, the angels of God to minister to us, and, above all, the Spirit of God to dwell in us. In fact, all things are ours. “Whether things present or things to come: all are yours.” Jesus is ours. Yea, the divine trinity in unity is ours. Hallelujah. Let us not pine and whine, and stint and slave, since we have good things in possession. Let us live on our God and rejoice in Him all the day. Help us, O Holy Ghost!
Personal Reflection and Discussion
Before I go to verse 17, I was curious in verse 9. I know you discussed it in your thoughts but I just wanted to add that Ellen White says that those who pray to God for things and claim His promise but do not live by His law are insulting God. They do show faith in Christ and they do not show love for them. They claim His promises to get what they want but can’t find it in themselves to return anything to the Father. Verse 17, I am not sure but I would think that if a man has a burden of bloodshed, he had killed someone. the bible referred me to Gen 9:6 which states, “whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed:For in the image of God He made man.” I think it is safe to say that Solomon was saying don’t help the person who has killed.
When I read this verse the first thing i though of was (Acts 19:13-17) we read of an interesting encounter that the Sons of Sceva had with some demons. Here this brief but yet powerful exchange: “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.”
And maybe (Matthew 7:22, 23) it says; “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”’ God knows what is in our hearts and that we will be judged on.
Rosi pointed out a good point. If a person say they love God and call themselves Christians, they should live like Him. Throughout the Bible including this chapter we see the benefits of following God’s laws. Looking just through the verses above we could see living the standard equips us with confidenence, compassion, and competence to make the world a better place. Here’s some of the listed results in this chapter: boldness enough to contend with the wicked, understanding of all knowledge, even understanding the wicked themselves, discernment, mercy, integrity, reverence, long life, plenty of bread and a ultimitly a good inheritance. If they’re not living like a christian and sharing God’s love and goodness with others we have no part of the work of the Kingdom of God. I’m reminded me of the parable of the talents; Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus also said if we love Him we keep His commandments. If we say we love God and not love our brother we are a liar. Is it really possible to Love God and not love the good works shown in the law?
I agree with you both, if we truly love Christ we need to live like Christ