Proverbs 28:1–8 (NKJV)
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.
3 A poor man who oppresses the poor
Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
But such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice,
But those who seek the LORD understand all.
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
The opening verse to this passage is a powerful statement of the power of God in the life of a believer. Pardon the restatement, but this is so inspiring: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.” How utterly encouraging! The righteous should be bold, asking God for their petitions, declaring truth in the midst of darkness, taking authority over evil, and walking in faith!
The writer goes on to describe how a righteous land will have an understanding leader and be blessed long-term. If you are poor, don’t try to oppress others who are poor. You are useless if you do. Instead, encourage and empower one another to rise from poverty. If you do not know the law, you will praise wickedness, but law keepers will contend with them. Evil men do not understand justice, but God-seekers understand everything.
Another truth is that integrity with little is more valuable than riches with perversity. Also, discerning sons keep the law, but if you run with lazy or greedy people, you shame your parents. Finally, gaining wealth by taking advantage of others will eventually lose it to those who care about the poor. Be bold in your righteousness, but do not take advantage of others or live off others labor. Be bold, but be full of integrity and ambition. It will take you far