Thursday, July 9, 2009

Proverbs 10: 6 & 7

Our two verses for today give more contrasts between the righteous and the wicked.

Proverbs 10 6 & 7 (NKJV)

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,
But the name of the wicked will rot.

When we studied verse 3, a few studies ago, we found that to be “righteous,” means to be morally upright, or without guilt or sin. These verses tell us that if we follow God’s path for us and “seek… His righteousness,” which is only found by letting Him cover our sins with His blood sacrifice, the we will have blessings put on us, and I assume that means on our lives, and it also says that our “memory” will be blessed.

I find that last to be very interesting, and three thoughts came to my mind. I would love for that to mean that I could claim this verse and get rid of my “faulty” memory, and I think I will pray about that!

It could also mean that if you lead a “righteous” life, you will have wonderful memories of all those blessings that have been given to you. The last thought, was that those that remember us… those family and friends or people we might have mentored, will receive blessings when they remember the things our lives have taught them. It might be a mixture of these things, for they are all supported by other Biblical principals.

The second parts of both of these verses speak of “the wicked.” One commentary I read on the meaning of this verse was that the violence spoken of through their lips will eventually overwhelm them. They will follow the lead of their lips and words because out of the hearts of men, come their words, and the death that comes from a sinful life, will cause even their name to rot. No one will WANT to remember an evil person, so it will “rot” and disintegrate into nothing as time goes on (in a “forever” timeline). Also, while something is in the process of “rotting,” it stinks and those that have to deal with it will be affected by the “smell.”

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