A Comparison of the Just and the Wicked

One of the things that is apparent in the School of Wisdom study (you can find the podcasts here) are the number of comparisons that Solomon made between the righteous man and the wicked man in each chapter. I have a feeling that these are in the text so that we will notice them and understand the difference in the two groups. These comparisons complement the Two Ways described in chapter one. So, I decided to keep a running list of these comparisons. These two lists will change from week to week as I add the latest verses.

If you haven’t started the study yet you can jump in at any point. If you don’t want to work through all thirty-one chapters but are interested in just one chapter or a passage in a particular chapter, that’s fine too. The material is modular enough to act as a commentary in that way.

Look back through the blog entries and search for the outlines for each chapter or for the chapter you are interested in. Of course, I would recommend studying Proverbs from beginning to end since it is written to be studied in that way.

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Now, Solomon’s contrast between the way of wisdom and the way of the world.

The Simple, the fool, the wicked, etc.

Proverbs 1:32a For the turning away of the simple shall slay them,

Proverbs 1:32b and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Proverbs 2:22a But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth,

Proverbs 2:22b and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3:32a For the froward is abomination to the Lord:

Proverbs 3:33a The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked:

Proverbs 3:34a Surely he scorneth the scorners:

Proverbs 3:35b but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

The Upright, perfect, righteous, etc.

Proverbs 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Proverbs 2:21a For the upright shall dwell in the land,

Proverbs 2:21b and the perfect shall remain in it.

Proverbs 3:32b but his secret is with the righteous.

Proverbs 3:33b but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

Proverbs 3:34b but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

Proverbs 3:35a The wise shall inherit glory:

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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