Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
The prodigal son, you remember, wasted his father’s wealth in riotous living, breaking his father’s heart. There was rejoicing only after he came to his senses in the pigsty and then returned home. Click HERE to read the story again.
4 By justice a king gives a country stability,
but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.
“This was notoriously the case in this kingdom, before the passing of the Magna Charta, or great charter of liberties…I have met with cases in our ancient records where, in order to get his right, a man was obliged almost to ruin himself in presents to the king, queen, and their favourites, to get the case decided in his favour.”
5 Those who flatter their neighbors
are spreading nets for their feet.
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
8 Mockers stir up a city,
but the wise turn away anger.
“A fine motto for engraving on the walls of the Foreign Office of any nation.”
–G. Campbell Morgan
9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.
12 If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will be established forever.
16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
they will bring you the delights you desire.
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
“No greater calamity, therefore, can there be than the removal of the revelation…Where revelation is withdrawn from a church, the people perish in ignorance and delusion.”
19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
though they understand, they will not respond.
21 A servant pampered from youth
will turn out to be insolent.
22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
they are put under oath and dare not testify.
26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.
27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.
“Here is the oldest, the most rooted, the most universal quarrel in the world. It was the first fruit of the Fall (Genesis 3:15). It has continued ever since and will last to the end of the world.”
Verse 18 says, “Where there is no vision (= divine revelation), the people perish.” Oh, for a clear vision of God Most High! HERE is Robin Mark and “Be Thou My Vision.”