Proverbs 28:21-24
Prov 28:21 (KJB)
To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
This verse deals with favoritism. Favoritism always clouds the waters of judgment, not just in judicial matters but in all walks of life. Favoritism does away with objectivity and always causes a wrong outcome. The second half of this verse shows that a person will make a transgression even for a minimal bribe. When one in office will show favoritism even for a small favor, it will bring about bad judgment which could affect many more than just those who are involved. From the amount of proverbs written on this subject, Solomon must have been aware of this practice as something which was done regularly.
Prov 28:22 (KJB)
He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
Once again a warning against being hasty to be rich. The man in this verse has an evil eye because his eye is focused upon only one thing, and that is getting rich. He does not concern himself with the fact that he may become broke while pursing those riches. Many people start out in life with a desire to be rich and if their eye is focused only on that goal, they bypass many good opportunities because they are blinded by their lust for riches and that blinding also blinds them to the fact that when one pursues riches, trouble can and will follow. Building wealth takes time and it must be done legally for what good is having much wealth when you are in jail.
Prov 28:23 (KJB)
He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
This type of rebuke is not one of a foolish nature but is the type of rebuke which can save a person from a bad judgment in some situation. At the time, the rebuke may not seem so nice but in the long run the person who was rebuked will see the wisdom of it and will thank the person for looking out for him. Those who flatter with the tongue hoping to gain some type of advantage will not warn a person but rather go along with them in hopes they will not ruffle any feathers. The one who flatters will eventually be seen as a dangerous person who refuses to help or warn others but the one who rebuked the person will be seen as a valuable person who did not fear to speak up and help.
Prov 28:24 (KJB)
Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
Destroyer - Corrupter or ravager
This verse describes a child who steals from his parents, and consider it not stealing. They probably figure that since it is money in the family, then it is not stealing. However, it does not matter who the victim is because it is theft and dishonoring the parents. One way a child can steal from his parents is to borrow money and not pay it back thinking that it was part of their inheritance anyway. If a child steals from their parents, they will likely steal from anyone. If the parents do not rebuke and discipline them, then they are setting themselves up for much trouble. Theft is theft no matter who the victim is.