The Just and the Wicked
Let’s read Proverbs 17:15-16:
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. 16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?
Verse 15 is a very interesting verse to me. We often see people who choose to justify the wicked…they make excuses for others or for themselves when they choose the path of sin. I think we’ve all done this at some time or another. But the more subtle warning is found in the second part of that verse…”he who condemns the just”…Why would anyone want to condemn the just? I think there are two reasons. First, if someone disagrees with the beliefs and actions of the just, condemnation is on the way. But second, I think there are times when we know someone is right or just, but we want to “bring them down” and see them fall, and so we condemn them. To condemn them makes us feel better about ourselves. Both of these actions are an abomination to the Lord. We need to be careful about our attitude toward the wicked and the just.
The second verse points simply to the fact that wisdom is not really for sale. Wisdom doesn’t come through money or wealth. Wisdom comes through desire. If we ask God for wisdom we will receive it.