Proverbs 3:31-35

31 Do not envy the violent

   or choose any of their ways.

32 For the Lord detests the perverse

   but takes the upright into his confidence.

33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,

   but he blesses the home of the righteous.

34 He mocks proud mockers

   but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

35 The wise inherit honor,

   but fools get only shame.

 

 Those whose main approach is aggression and vilification may have success for a season, but they are detested, cursed, mocked and eventually brought to shame. Their methods and strategies may get results, but at what cost? It is folly to imitate them, essential to stand against them, appropriate to pity them. We may be tempted to turn their tactics against them, fighting evil with evil, but this only ensures that evil prevails. Here we are reminded that the Lord also opposes them, it is wise to align ourselves with him.

 

 Two paths are laid before us: one begins with perversity which leads to wickedness, then arrogance and cynicism, ending in shame; the other begins with integrity which leads to righteousness, then humility and hope, ending in glory. It is essential to understand that true righteousness is confirmed with humility; the depth of ones flaws is only realized by trying to overcome them.  But the honor in which we hope is not earned but inherited, we do not glory in ourselves but in the Lord who leads us.

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