Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

[12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,

   from men whose words are perverse…]

14 who delight in doing wrong

   and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,

 

 It is one thing to do wrong, and quite another to delight in it. While the path of wickedness begins with behavior, eventually the corruption affects both heart and conscience. What hope is there for such people? As the Prophet Isaiah lamented: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” These people not only love their own sin, they also rejoice in the sins of others.

 

 Wisdom is the antidote to the affliction of wickedness. Hold on to it tightly, let it inform your behavior and transform your thoughts. While you may still do wrong, through wisdom you will no longer enjoy it. Let it cleanse your heart and calibrate your conscience, that you may escape the confusion of the wicked.

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