Walking With The Righteous!
Follow the steps of good men instead,
and stay on the paths of the righteous.
For only the godly will live in the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it.
But the wicked will be removed from the land,
and the treacherous will be uprooted.
Proverbs 2:20-22 (NLT)
This concludes our session on Proverbs 2 to an end. Wisdom not only protects from the destructive ways of folly and wickedness, but it also sets one in a very different direction.
In contrast to the foolish wicked, those who walk in wisdom’s way and keep to its paths are described as good and righteous. Such people are commendable (good) because they remain faithful to God’s covenant (and in this sense they are righteous), living in such a way that “their character and conduct comport to doing what is right toward others in a covenant relationship with God”.
As a result, these upright and blameless people will live in the land and remain in it, in contrast to the wicked and treacherous, which will be cut off and uprooted from it. The land here may refer to the world, namely, the land of the living, with its attendant blessings.
But since wisdom is closely connected to a relationship with the Lord Himself, it is more likely that the reference to the land alludes more specifically to the covenant promises and curses in the Mosaic law (see Deut. 27-28).
These resulted from Israel’s continued covenant faithfulness or unfaithfulness to the Lord, respectively. For the Israelite, the Promised Land, the land of Israel, was the place to experience God’s blessing in relationship with the Lord; to be cut off from it was to be cursed.
If Israel would obey the Law of Moses, the nation would be blessed both materially and spiritually in the land. Disobedience would bring discipline in the land and, as the ultimate discipline, would bring dispersion from the land of Israel.
As is evident throughout Proverbs, there are really only two kinds of paths in life. So the son is presented a choice: the ways of folly, wickedness, cursing, and death (even while he is alive), or the ways of wisdom, righteousness, blessing, and the abundant life. The right choice is obvious.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I walk in the ways of honorable men and women, and select my role models wisely.
I pray this declaration of faith in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen.
The Moody Bible Commentary
The Complete Personalized Promise Bible