Proverbs 29 Commentary
The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright. Verse 27, the last verse. The scripture is brutally honest.
The righteous may easily know the feeling of hate for the unrighteous. We may not be too sure if they always understand why. What we definitely know is that the saint is not always aware of the hatred of the wicked.
To expect love and care from the wicked has been a source of pain and suffering for many a saint. The scripture teaches trust in the LORD alone.
But the battle of godliness against evil must be understood. The wicked stand to lose big time. As an accomplice to the crime, the devil being the criminal, the wicked man cannot tell the truth without risking the wrath of his master – the devil. But he stands judged by the Creator God for telling lies.
It reveals the complex nature of wickedness in which men and women always stand to lose.
Proverbs appeal to human logic. It is a foolish waste to spend money on prostitutes. Who can argue?
The teaching on discipline goes well for a topic on parenting. But it is actually for the children of God. They are servants who cannot be corrected by mere words. They are the ones who can be insolent if pampered from youth.
This may refer to the pain and suffering that the saint may be subjected to. Physical control measures, closed doors, restricted access and opportunities; the saint may variously experience such as a matter of discipline. Probably in answer to a prayer: “Lead me not into temptations.”
In this chapter, the scripture disapproves, one by one, the supposed points of advantage for the wicked. The proud man is brought low, not by pride itself but by a higher power. The scripture is making the point that life isn’t free-flowing and without control. The LORD God has total control of events and times. He remains sovereign.
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