Think about Biblical characters and these verses: eg Moses and Pharaoh, Joshua and Achan. Biblical proverbs aim at giving knowledge beyond personal experience, at extending your understanding of people and situations, of feeding a hunger for wisdom in your heart!
“When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,”
How true this is in our world today.
And how tightly linked it is for us with other verses,
“Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,”
“Evil men do not understand justice,”
It is clear today that these things are as real now as they were when these proverbs were written.
We are told that evil is good, and that good is evil.
We see the rise of wickedness, we see people barracking and praising it.
Think of the strong movements today to remove the laws around the world that have been founded on biblical principles.
However. There are throughout todays’ reading these wonderful counterpoints!
“When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,”
“… But when they [the wicked] perish, the righteous increase.”
“… But those who keep the law strive against them [the wicked].”
“… But those who seek the LORD understand it [justice] completely.”
We are to strive against the wicked when they rise. We are to teach those around us what God’s word teaches us true justice is.
There is much good for society when the righteous triumph!
* Almighty God,
Praise You for Your word that feeds us these truths.
Praise You for Your Son Jesus who speaks to us these truths, whose righteousness is imparted to us.
And thank You Lord that through Jesus we can know what justice really means. That in Him we can increase. That in Him we can strive against evil and the wicked.