by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 28 (29 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

What we have here is the guilty conscience of those who are wicked. Their guilt over their sin pursues them, haunts them and frightens them to the place of paranoia. Some people are in absolute terror because they are fearful that their sins will finally catch up with them and they will be caught off guard. They are fearful and suspect of everyone who attempts to inquire about them. They are in fear which drives them mad. Contrary to this we see that the righteous man is as bold as a lion, meaning that he is fearless. Righteous men are fearless men because God is their strength. Truth always produces a boldness that is lacking with those who are hypocrites or who are living a lie. A clear conscience is indeed a tremendous blessing to have and one cannot have a clear conscience unless one walks with the Lord.

2 For the transgression of a land many [are] the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding [and] knowledge the state [thereof] shall be prolonged.

For example, the Northern Kingdom was plagued by evil kings, whom many were killed by rivals, and the land governed by evil tyrants. In over 2 centuries, The Northern kingdom of Israel had 9 dynasties, each, after the first, inaugurated by assassination. In contrast, the Southern kingdom of Judah, in 3 1/2 centuries, had only 1 assassination. Israel, in the North, was judged by God with evil kings because of their rebellion against God. Judah, in the south, had men who led with God's wisdom and as long as they walked according to the Lord, they were blessed.

3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor [is like] a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

The rain was supposed to nourish the crops. This was its hopeful intent. But sometimes the rain destroyed the crops instead of blessing the farmer's hard work. A poor man who op ...

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