The Contrast of Righteousness And Wickedness

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Righteousness

This passage contrasts righteousness with wickedness (vv. 25-32). A storm of life may come suddenly and bring disaster to the wicked by destroying lives and property but the righteous are secure (v. 25). Just as vinegar is sour tasting and smoke irritates the eyes so does a sluggard aggravate his employer because he fails to carry out his responsibilities (v. 26). Those who respect the Lord will live longer but those who keep doing wrong will often have their lives cut short (v. 27). By following the Lord’s standards the righteous have a refuge of safety. They are secure in the land.

If you obey the Lord, you will be happy, but there is no future for the wicked (v. 28). Strength is found in the way of the righteous but destruction and woe shall be to those who  follow the paths of sin (v. 29). Some of the added blessings that come to the righteous are long life, joy, and security. The righteous shall never be removed but the wicked will lose their land (v. 30). Honest people bring  forth skillful and godly wisdom but the deceitful will be silenced (v. 31). The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable but no one will trust you if you tell lies (v. 32). Throughout the Scriptures we can find a host of testimonies to confirm these solemn truths concerning these two opposite paths of life. Some of these are Cain; Abel; Isaac and Ishmael; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers; Jezebel and Elijah as well as many others.

Application

Have you ever met a family who are really sold out and living for the Lord. What a joy it is to be around folks like this. It is certainly my desire to have a family like this.

Proverbs 10:25-32 (English Standard Version)

When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever. Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him. The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short. The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish. The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers. The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not dwell in the land. The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

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