Proverbs 28 Commentary
Fear characterizes the life of evil-doers. What are they afraid of? Judgment, perhaps. This fear is always present and many seek to address it in works of righteousness but it never works that way.
“Many rulers” is a reference to a lack of the rule of Christ in individuals. There are many voices making all sorts of decisions. But only the rule of Christ brings order. All other voices must remain quiet.
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse. Verse 6. One can be poor but not blameless. This is a shame. To be rich and perverse is equally shameful.
The word poor is very interesting. At times the word is used to denote poverty. At times this word is used to reflect a state of want, regardless of what someone has. Fantasy is a slippery bird; you cannot catch it. Don’t chase it. Poverty can be a state of want where needs are never met.
Those who have and those who don’t have can both be poor.
The stingy, the greedy, the wicked, and those who don’t take instructions, all have the ‘fool’ tag. These are the many rulers within the unsaved soul.
But the righteous tremble before the LORD. Let the rule of Christ prevail, they seem to say. Don’t let greediness have its way.
Take note of how the scripture describes the outcome of a blameless life. He is richly blessed. They are kept safe. Good things are done for them or to them. On the other hand, the wicked man goes out by himself to make things work for him. He rules himself.
For the righteous, life happens to them, through their master. The wicked attempt to make it happen. They trust themselves. They praise their methods. They pour scorn on the rest for not making it.
The scripture seems to be saying that the saint must wait upon the LORD, even as they work diligently.
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