An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 184 – Punishment For Stumblingblocks Through Diligent Work (Proverbs 28:10-19)

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1. Will a person who is a stumblingblock for the righteous suffer consequences?
Yes: “Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession” (Proverbs 28:10).

  • There are those who intentionally try to turn people away from God (Psalms 119:110, Proverbs 1:10-19, Acts 13:8-10, and Galatians 3:1-4).
  • They aren’t always obvious enemies (Matthew 7:15-20 and II Corinthians 11:13-15).
  • Sinfully causing someone to stumble is wrong (Romans 14:13) and the punishment is certain (Psalms 7:15-16, Jeremiah 23:13-34, Matthew 15:14, and Matthew 18:7).

2. Who searches out the rich man that is self-deceived?
The poor whom has understanding: “The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out” (Proverbs 28:11).

  • Proverbs 18:17.
  • Not only rich people, but all sinners see themselves through self-deception (Proverbs 3:7, Proverbs 26:16, Isaiah 5:21, and James 1:26).

3. Is the uprising of the wicked a good thing?
No: “When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden” (Proverbs 28:12).

  • I Kings 18:13, Proverbs 11:10, Proverbs 28:28, and Proverbs 29:2.

4. Should you try to hide your sins?
No: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

  • Psalms 32:5, Psalms 38:18, Jeremiah 3:12-13, Jeremiah 8:4-6, Matthew 23:25-28, and I John 1:8-10.

5. Is godly fear a good thing?
Yes: “Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 28:14).

  • Fearing God and happiness are not separate (Psalms 2:11).
  • We’re supposed to fear our Lord (Psalms 96:4, Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 16:6, Philippians 2:12, and Hebrews 12:28-29).
  • We have to steer clear of hardened hearts (Hebrews 3:6-19).

6. Is a wicked ruler a good thing for poor people?
No, they are likened to predators (cf. Ezekiel 22:27): “As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people” (Proverbs 28:15).

  • Ecclesiastes 5:8.
  • On the other hand… Proverbs 29:14.

7. Does a prince who lacks understanding do good for his people?
No: “The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days” (Proverbs 28:16).

  • The Lord approves of wise rulers (Deuteronomy 1:13), men of truth (Exodus 18:21).
  • Certainly, rulers who hate covetousness are valued too (Isaiah 33:15-16).
  • Anyone that lacks understanding is spiritually dangerous (Jeremiah 5:21 and II Peter 2:12).

8. Should you stay [uphold] a person that murders another?
No: “A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him” (Proverbs 28:17).

  • Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:12, Leviticus 24:17, Numbers 35:31, Deuteronomy 19:11-12, Romans 13:3-5, and Revelation 21:8.

9. In what manner must I walk if I want to be saved?
Uprightly: “Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once” (Proverbs 28:18).

  • Proverbs 11:3 and Proverbs 13:6.
  • Walk uprightly (Psalms 26:1, Psalms 37:31, Proverbs 10:9, II Peter 1:10, and I John 2:3-6).
  • Perverse fall (Proverbs 10:25).

10. Who should you follow if you want to be in poverty?
Vain persons: “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough” (Proverbs 28:19).

  • Work for your food (Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 27:23-27, Ephesians 4:28, I Thessalonians 4:11, and II Thessalonians 3:10).
  • Follow the other side and have nothing (Proverbs 13:4 and Proverbs 24:30-34).