25 A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
27 Whoever seeks good finds favor,
but evil comes to one who searches for it.
All sin is selfishness, twisting one’s focus away from relationships and towards things. Greed makes an idol of independence, which demands the sacrifice of relationships and the joyless accumulation of all one might need. Yet prosperity, which is the false promise of greed, is the crown of the generous. Here we are told that “Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” In other words, joy comes from sacrificing for the sake of others and not for one’s own sake. Generosity is the antidote to the self-centered stagnation of greed, enabling the interdependence for which we were made.
“Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.” Today’s first two verses are about human interaction, and though it is not as overt – this one is as well. It is not the pursuit of one’s own good which brings them favor, and who seeks to bring evil upon himself? Rather this is a form of the golden rule, which was later given as “do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Seek the good of others and you will find favor, do them harm and you yourself will be harmed.