11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.
The greatest danger of wealth is the temptation of pride. Success in one area easily translates to false confidence in another, it is often only through great financial pain that the illusion of wisdom is shattered. The discerning person, though poor, has a great advantage over the wealthy and arrogant – there is no humiliation for those who are already humble. Gratitude is the antidote to both pride and envy. If you are wealthy, remember the advantages you cannot take credit for and give thanks for them. If you are poor, be grateful that you are free from the delusions of wealth.
“When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.” The greatest elation in triumph belongs to the righteous, who achieve their goals with great integrity and courage. Success may also come to the conniving, but there is no joy in it. The wicked, who have no restraint of their own desires, inspire dread in those around them – and all the more when they rise to power.