6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
The righteous are those who focus on doing what is right. This means they are not led around by feelings, and they avoid the traps of pursuing the right things in the wrong ways. Very often the “right thing” has to do with how we interact with others, and the truly righteous are a blessing to those around them. There is a reciprocity here as most of us, having been blessed, respond in kind. This is the crown of the righteous, their lives are filled with blessings both given and received. The wicked are also characterized by how they treat others. Being forceful and combative, they are opposed and eventually overwhelmed by the enemies their behavior warrants.
“The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.” Even when this life ends, the legacy of the righteous continues. Children are named after them, stories are told, monuments are erected in their memory. Not so for the wicked! Their names go down in infamy; some used only as a curse, others never to be used again.
“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” The wise are able to accept commands because they are attentive. They know that even if they don’t agree with the command, their obedience earns them the confidence of their superiors. Because they listen, they will be heard when they need to speak out. The fool is too busy chattering to accept commands, he is ignored because he ignores others. When disaster strikes, who will be there to help him? Others have long since tuned out his voice, there is nobody left to respond to his pleas.