- 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.