An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 163 – Wise Considers Wicked Through Following Righteousness (Proverbs 21:12-21)

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1. What does the righteous man wisely consider?
The house of the wicked: “The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness” (Proverbs 21:12).

  • We can learn what not to do by considering the wicked (I Corinthians 10:1-12).
  • God overthrows the wicked for their wickedness (Psalms 9:5, Psalms 11:4-7, Psalms 37:38, and Psalms 145:20).
  • Even when the wicked prosper and look strong, they still cease to be: “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found” (Psalms 37:35-36).

2. Can you expect to be aided if you close your ears to the cry of the poor?
No: “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard” (Proverbs 21:13).

  • We’re [each individual Christian] expected to help those who are TRULY poor (Proverbs 14:31 and Galatians 2:9-10; cf. I John 3:17-18).
  • We CANNOT assist those who will not help themselves (II Thessalonians 3:10).
  • We learn that we should treat others as we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12).

3. Can a secret gift [a present] pacify anger?
Yes: “A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath” (Proverbs 21:14).

  • Proverbs 18:16 and Proverbs 19:6.

4. Do just individuals enjoy doing judgment [justice]?
Yes: “It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity” (Proverbs 21:15).

  • Psalms 94:15, Psalms 106:3, Psalms 119:13, Psalms 119:30, Proverbs 21:3, Proverbs 28:5, and Ecclesiastes 8:5.

5. Where is the man that wanders out of the way of understanding?
In the congregation [assembly] of the dead: “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead” (Proverbs 21:16).

  • Some who fall far enough never can get back (Proverbs 2:11-19, Proverbs 7:26-27, Hebrews 6:4-8, Hebrews 10:26-31, and II Peter 2:20-22).

6. What will the love of carnal things bring about in one’s life?
Poverty (both spiritually and physically): “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich” (Proverbs 21:17).

  • Proverbs 23:21, Luke 16:11-24, and I Timothy 5:6; cf. II Corinthians 5:14-15 and Ephesians 2:1.

7. Who became a ransom for the righteous?
“The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright” (Proverbs 21:18).

  • God shows us what this means: Isaiah 43:3-4; cf. Proverbs 11:8.

8. Is a contentious and angry woman fun to live with?
No: “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman” (Proverbs 21:19).

  • Discussed in Proverbs 21:9.

9. Do foolish individuals do a good job of financial planning?
No: “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up” (Proverbs 21:20).

  • The wise try to manage their wealth (Proverbs 27:23 and Luke 14:28-30; cf. Proverbs 27:12).
  • All in all, we have to be wise with our finances but must also put our trust in God (I Timothy 6:17) and our treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).
  • All will die and not take money with them (Psalms 49:10). Don’t set your heart on money (Psalms 62:10).

10. What does a person find if he or she follows after righteousness and mercy?
“He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour” (Proverbs 21:21).

  • Follow after righteousness (Proverbs 15:9, Isaiah 51:1, Matthew 5:6, and II Timothy 2:22) and mercy (Proverbs 3:3).
  • Find life (Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 16:25, and John 14:6).
  • Find righteousness (Hosea 10:12 and Matthew 6:33).
  • Find honor (John 5:44 and Romans 2:7).