RULERS: Petty lords and tax-gatherers who live by fear.
Arab curse: 'May God multiply your sheiks!' (LB 320).
RULER: KJV has "poor (resh) man", but NIV has "ruler"
A DRIVING RAIN: Described in LB 321.
Sin can be "covered" by God only if it is "uncovered" by
FUGITIVE TILL DEATH: Or, as KJV, "will flee to the
pit"... because he cannot flee to a city of refuge (Deu 19:11).
"This thought applies not only to the tilling of the land but
to all humble callings which will give bread. From such humble security men are
lured in every year that passes, and many of them follow vain persons to poverty
and sorrow. Closely following this passage -- in the next verse [Pro 28:20] --
we have the warning against making haste to be rich.
"The exhortation is needed now as much as ever. Often those
who are most bitter in their criticisms of the rich are those who have tried
hastily and unsuccessfully to follow in their wake. The Government has had to
warn people against 'share pushers'. All such swindlers use a golden bait, and
it is surprising how many people who ought to know better have succumbed to
their blandishments. There are still plenty of fraudulent enterprises even on
the right side of the law, and men ready to take the money of those who 'make
haste to be rich' " (PrPr).
ONE EAGER TO GET RICH WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED: "When
money-making becomes a man's target, his moral principles become elastic and he
is tempted to adopt shady methods in order to achieve his aim the more
efficiently" (WGos 216).
Even the "greatest" of men might transgress.
EAGER TO GET RICH: The lesson of Lot: Gen 13:10-13;
HE WHO ROBS HIS FATHER OR MOTHER AND SAYS, "IT'S NOT
WRONG": The "Corban" of Mat 7:11.
Biblical "fools": The rich fool (Luke 12:20). The unbelieving
fool (Psa 53:1). The self-righteous fool (Pro 28:26). The scornful fool (Pro
14:9). The righteous "fool" (1Co 4:10).