Actions Have Consequences

Proverbs 28:18–28 (NKJV)

18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.

19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!

20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

21 To show partiality is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

22 A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.

23 He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue.

24 Whoever robs his father or his mother,
And says, “It is no transgression,”
The same is companion to a destroyer.

25 He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.

26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

27 He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.

28 When the wicked arise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.

This passage has a series of comparisons and cause-and-effect statements.  The righteous will be saved, the evil will fall.  Pretty simple conclusion!  If you work you will eat.  If you play all the time, you will starve.  Faithful workers will abound, but get-rich-quick schemes will not prosper.  Don’t show partiality, for it will lead to compromise.  Evil eyes chase riches, but they will not last.  Share honest critique, not flattering lies.  Don’t rob your parents.  Don’t be proud, but trust in the Lord.  Don’t trust your own instincts, but walk wisely to be delivered.  Generous people will prosper, but stingy people will be cursed.  Wicked people scare others, but when they fall, righteous people will arise.  Be on the right side of these comparisons: be righteous, be generous, be holy!

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