Tag: Proverbs

The God Who Preserves and Casts Away

The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked. (Proverbs 10:3)

Here we see a contrast between the righteous and the wicked – a common comparison that is made in the wisdom literature of Scripture. The soul of the righteous is not allowed to famish, while the desire of the wicked is cast away. The contrast, however, extends beyond the objects (i.e. the righteous and the wicked) to the actions of the LORD. There is something the LORD does and there is something He does not.

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True and False Profits (Prov. 10:2; 11:4)

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 10:2)

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4)


Immediately in these verses our attention is drawn to the end of life and what awaits at that point. Quite the contrast from how society exhorts us to live. We’re told “live for the here and now”, “all you have is today”, “you only live once”, and things like that; but the Scriptures would have us be wise by looking to the future. That is the best way to live wisely today – living with an eternal and biblical perspective.

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