- Proverbs 28:1-5
- Prov 28:1 (KJB)
- The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a
- Whenever a person has a guilty conscience about anything, even if there
is no one pursuing them, they will continue to look over their shoulder.
Many a times have criminals caused themselves to be caught because of
fearful behavior that looked suspicious. Sometimes they have even turned
themselves in because their conscience is so guilty they feel remorse for
doing a criminal act. They are tired of the fear which plagues them. They
think everybody is watching them and they live their time in fear. The
righteous, which are the saved, live life very boldly. They will bring the
Gospel to bad parts of town, they will sleep in places where it might be
dangerous, they will boldly preach the Gospel to those that others would not
even think of preaching to. The righteous have been given the spirit of
boldness. (1 John 4:18 KJV) There is no
fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
states that perfect or matured love casts out fear. Some Christians would
fear to go to the bad parts of town but those who have perfect love, will
see those people in need of a Savior also. David knew what perfect peace was
because he was on the run from king Saul and was in constant physical
danger. (Psa 4:8 KJV) I will both lay me
down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Yet he understood that God was his protector and that
enabled him to live his life without fear. This is a great lesson for
Christians to know that God is our protector.
(Psa 121:4 KJV) Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
- Prov 28:2 (KJB)
- For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but
by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof
shall be prolonged.
- Here is a statement which teaches that when there is transgression in
the land, it is caused by many princes or rulers. Sometimes there is
collusion between them and there is a conspiracy which will cause many
problems. (Ezek 22:25 KJV) There is
a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion
ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure
and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
Ezekiel knew the problem which the prophets in his time
had caused. There was a conspiracy among the prophets and they had ravaged
the people. Conspiracy can exist in the religious realm as well as the
political realm. The second half of this verse teaches that when the
righteous are in rule, the land will be prolonged and kept from judgment. A
good example of this is the Northern Kingdom which went into captivity in
721 B.C. There was not a godly king in the entire line of the Northern
Kingdom. However, in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, there were we some godly
kings who stayed the hand of God’s judgment upon them by obeying the law of
God. Judah held out until 586 B.C when it was taken into captivity but
unlike the Northern Kingdom, Judah was re-established in the land 70 years
- Prov 28:3 (KJB)
- A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping
rain which leaveth no food.
- Oppresseth - To wrong, extort, or abuse
- This verse speaks about the poor oppressing the poor. Now this does not
necessarily mean that one is physically beating another because there are
many ways to oppress a person. One of the most evil ways is by extortion,
which is one of the ways the word for “oppresseth” in the Hebrew can be
understood. Just a modern example, some years ago the pyramid schemes were
in vogue and poor people were getting other poor people involved with
promises of riches when they get to the top of the pyramid. Many people put
money into this scheme and lost. Then there is multi-level marketing (MLM)
which is also one big Ponzi scheme. People are promised much wealth and
those who are at the top of the list when the MLM company was started are
used to tell others how they can also gain much wealth, however, they never
tell the difference between being no. 10 on the list and no. 100,000 where
you can do nothing but lose. Many people have lost big money by investing in
these schemes. Those poor people who have lost much money in these schemes
are like the land which faced the sweeping rain and were left with nothing.
Sometimes not only are their finances gone but so is their hopes and dreams.
The lottery also fits into this category where millions of poor people play
it in hopes of winning and their money only goes to very small percentage of
small winnings and maybe one will hit the big one. So a million poor people
give their living to one person. Does not sound like a dream, it sounds more
like a nightmare.
- Prov 28:4 (KJB)
- They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep
the law contend with them.
- Forsake - Abandon
- Keep - Observe
- Contend - To engage in strife with action
- Those who forsake the law of God and also the laws of the land are
praising the wicked by basically stating that their way of living is right.
The praise comes in agreement with their philosophies and their methods.
When a person sees the wicked prosper by doing something illegal, by them
adopting the same mindset, they are in essence agreeing with them and that
is a form of praise. On the other hand those who keep or observe the law
will contend with these people and not just in words but in deeds. They do
actions which will attempt to stop further wicked acts. Whatever method they
use whether protest or testifying against them, their words are their
- Prov 28:5 (KJB)
- Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD
understand all things.
- Judgment - Justice
- The wicked man does not understand what justice is simply because his
heart is not inclined toward justice. His ways are contrary to the laws of
God and the laws of the land. Those who break the laws will not understand
what they are doing because they do not care. They may know they are
breaking the law and they do not investigate the penalties involved for
breaking these laws. Those who seek the Lord, and only the saved do, will
understand the severe consequences for breaking the law. Not only do they
understand the temporary penalties but they know the eternal penalty of
breaking the law of God. One seeks the Lord because they are saved and want
to know more and therefore when they study the Scriptures, they understand
all things pertaining to the law and justice. They know that temporary gain
is nothing compared to eternal loss.