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Safety in numbers for the wicked? – Proverbs 11:21-22

21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.

The phrase “there’s safety in numbers” is apt for the hopes of the wicked in this proverb. By banding together people plan for a much more successful and safe outcome.

Now I think it makes sense at a purely practical level to join together with like-minded people to achieve above and beyond what you could do yourself. It also does wonders for your morale to have people working alongside you. I do not think, however, that this will save the wicked from the sins they commit and the judgement they deserve. God will still call on them and punish them. When humanity comes together in rebellion, I think it just gives God a bigger target!

The righteous man does not need to fear judgement; rather he can hope for blessing. His efforts to build an income and daily serve the LORD are not about to be thrown out and trampled. While his works won’t save him, God will honour him for his faithfulness and will safe-keep what he has achieved for God.

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22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.

What imagery we get in Proverbs sometimes! This proverb says just as we (Jews especially) see what a waste gold holstery on a pig is, the fairness of a beautiful woman who has no discretion is lost on her. A pig in Solomon’s time was for Jews a useless animal because they were forbidden from eating it. To use a ring of gold to guide such a beast would be silly and a loss of riches.

A gorgeous woman who lacks care with her decisions is like the pig that doesn’t deserve the fancy ring. A woman’s inner character and actions far outweigh the value of outer-beauty. I am far more attracted long-term to women of maturity and thoughtfulness than the one who lives carelessly. It pays to study and get to know women before saying something stupid like, “Hello, I love you (for your body), what’s your name?” Amen.

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Are you offended by what I write, or because of God’s Word

If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

 

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