18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
and the unfaithful for the upright.
One day, the tables will be turned. Instead of ungodly people benefiting at the expense of the righteous, the unrighteous will compensate the godly people they have wronged. Continue reading “Episode 127: Recompense, Marital Discord, Gluttony, and Priorities”
12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked
and brings the wicked to ruin.
The Lord does not overlook those whose lives are bent toward evil. First, because he is committed to bringing justice to those who have been wronged. And second, because he is committed to the redemption of everyone—even the most rebellious and obstinate among us. Either way, the house of the wicked will ultimately come crashing down. Continue reading “Episode 126: Judgment, Generosity, Justice, and Self-Indulgence”
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
for they refuse to do what is right.
Those who rebel against God’s authority do so at their own peril. Such rebellion often escalates into destructive and violent behavior. Like Jesus says in Matthew 26:52, those who live by violence will eventually fall victim to it. Continue reading “Episode 125: Rebellion, Integrity, Marriage, and Attentiveness”
1 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
that he channels toward all who please him.
Leaders who yield their authority to God will find themselves blessing their people like a refreshing river channeled to a parched land. Therefore, effective leaders will submit themselves to the Lord so that those they serve will prosper. Continue reading “Episode 124: Leadership, Self-Justification, Diligence, and Honesty”
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
he drives the threshing wheel over them.
As in 20:8, Solomon says that the wise king discriminates between godly and ungodly influences. But more than that, the responsible leader separates the good from the bad as the threshing wheel separates the valuable wheat from the disposable chaff. Continue reading “Episode 123: Wise Leadership and Tough Lessons”