If you have an occupation, what do you expect to get paid? Hopefully you receive a good pay for the amount of time and produce you provided. Proverbs gives us a look into what are the end products of the only lifestyles to choose from (in Solomon’s opinion), the righteous or wicked life.
“16 The labour of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin”.
What we see here is that the efforts and deeds by people matter a lot.
If you live a righteous life, you are going to be blessed with the full life that is found in God. Again, this is not of your own righteousness, but that which you are given if you rely alone on the grace of the Lord. Your life must reflect what God is doing in your life, though. If you live a wicked life, you will be found to be in sin. Sin requires punishment in God’s court room, so that road leads to a clear fate.
What you do morally will reveal where your heart is at. That is also the theme of the next saying.
The way of life is the one that leads to God, and as wayward sheep, we need to be led to it. We are to be teachable. We are to accept the hard truth and obey God’s Word in order to be in the way of life. Refusing to do so is to keep on our wayward journey into destruction. We will be lost forever in our rebellion if we don’t repent and reach out in desperate need to our God. We are really pitiful creatures. Check out how we treated our only hope in Isaiah 53:1-6, and how God views us in verse 6. What is the instruction? Trust in whom God sent, Jesus Christ, repent from your sins and follow His ways.
This saying follows a theme of words, used both for good and evil. The first part of the saying talks of a person who has a build-up of hate at someone and suppresses it under flattering words. They won’t give up their sinful thoughts, but neither will they express or admit their hidden complaint. As the proverb says, he who hides his hate has “lying lips”. They keep their anger under wraps, but it affects their ability to talk truthfully. The second part of the saying is a warning to whoever thinks spreading falsehoods or gossip is just a bit of fun. It isn’t. It is foolish and dangerous, and you don’t need to experience it yourself to understand this. Just think that if someone told everyone they knew a lie about your father, would you be angry at them? Is is alright if you do something similar to them to pay them back? I hope you would be rightly angry at the lie, but would refrain from doing the foolish thing of spreading slander like they did. Don’t repeat the evil they did. Amen.
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Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.