Living Holy is Best

Proverbs 21:10–19 (NKJV)

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.  11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.  12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.  13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.  14 A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.  15 It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.  16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.  17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.  18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright.  19 Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.

The wicked always desires evil and he works against his neighbors.  Punishment affects different people different ways, some positive, some negative.  The stingy will not receive generosity.  Those who stray from the way of understanding will find the way of death.  People who chase pleasure will lose their livelihood.  Finally, it is better to live in a tent among wildlife than to live in a home with a contentious woman.  Wow, this passage addresses the plight of the wicked and the loss associated with sin.  It speaks of the foolishness of chasing pleasure and the pain of living with a harsh spouse.  The ways of the wise life lead to joy and peace.  The ways of wickedness always lead to destruction and trouble, at least eventually.  Live wise, live Godly, live holy.  Sounds like a theme!

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