24 Whoever robs their father or mother
and says, “It’s not wrong,”
is partner to one who destroys.
25 The greedy stir up conflict,
but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
Does a person who is doing the right thing ever say “it’s not wrong”? The very act of self-justification reveals the knowledge of right and wrong, which may be denied but cannot be escaped. Our example has broken at least three of the ten commandments in dishonoring his parents, stealing from them and then justifying it with lies. But the point here is not what he does but what he enables. How could such a person, who bends justice to suit himself, possibly oppose those who trample on it? He has failed to fight the evil within, which leaves him powerless against the evil without.
“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.” Those who sacrifice peace for the sake of prosperity will end up with neither. The contrast here is not between greed and generosity, but between greed and trust. There is a self-preservation side of greed which doubts the Lord’s provision, and an impatiently ambitious side which doubts his promises. Both cling firmly to what they have with clenched fists, not realizing that in doing so they can receive neither provision nor promises.