Verses 10 and 11 are good ones for those in local or state government. Generosity (v24,25) is different from a foolish beggaring of yourself. Generosity counts the cost and still gives! It is witting and blessed as Jesus said of the widow and her mite.
As we’ve seen Solomon describe WISDOM and FOLLY, now he turns to the RIGHTEOUS/UPRIGHT person and the WICKED/TREACHEROUS person.
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” v3
“The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.” v6
Solomon tells us that righteous people are GOOD for society. V10 and 11 say, “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness. By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.”
These proverbs paint a picture of the characteristics, activity and effect of both righteous and wicked people.
But there’s a big problem.
Who is righteous?
There are two wonderful truths that we can unpack when thinking about these proverbs and the idea of righteousness.
One – They are all absolutely TRUE of Jesus! He is the RIGHT MAN. Society was and is BLESSED through Him!
Jesus is the single point of truth for a righteous life. Nobody else can truthfully make and stake that claim.
And Two – In Jesus, through His salvation work, we have His righteousness AND we can act in that righteousness.
So that it is through US, God’s people, that blessing comes to the world.
In Jesus we can strive and obtain humility and integrity. In Him we can keep our paths straight and avoid captivity to lust.
And check out v30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.”
Solomon points us to the same thing Jesus does, to be spiritually fruitful in our lives and to be fishers of men.
Praise God for these proverbs, and gives thanks for Jesus! Through whom (and only) we can obtain righteousness!