Proverbs 28: Let Righteous Increase
Here we have two kinds of people and they are contrasted throughout the whole chapter. One is someone who does not fear the Lord and runs after money for his own pleasure. He will meet a sudden end that is not good. He is stingy to others and has a hard heart. His prayers are seen as an abomination (vs 9) because they have nothing to do with the will of the Lord and everything to do with his own gain. He will find the grey area and use it without remorse.
Then you have upright man who seeks Gods will and wants to please Him first. He is upright. Vs 8 “ whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor” LOVE THIS VERSE! It’s like playing the stock market for the food pantry 😊. This man gets pleasure from using what he has to help others. He obtained what he has slowly and honestly. He didn’t seek the shortcut and didn’t look for grey areas. He will “abound in blessings” (vs 20a).
Last thought, in vs 12 and 28 it says that “when the wicked rise people hide themselves.” How sad that the righteous would hide from the wicked. BUT the remedy is vs 28b “ but when the wicked PERISH, the righteous increase.”
I’m not advocating we all go out and kill bad people. We want them to turn and be saved. This talked not about general unbelievers though but truly wicked people. All I could think about were pedophiles and kidnappers of children. Some people just need to go. This, sometimes is the only way for the righteous to increase.
(Vs28) “when the wicked perish, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.”