This Chapter is filled with Wise Insights and Sayings. It leads me to think about what T.R. Glover noticed about the early church. The famed Oxford historian T.R. Glover concluded that the early Christian church succeeded because it “out-thought, out-lived, and out-loved” its adversaries in the pluralistic Roman Empire.
Proverbs, and this chapter in particular, are all about living a faithful life, which makes the world and relationships better, that is righteous in the best sense possible.
We read in Verse 2- When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan (NIV). I like how the Message Bible translates verse 2- “When good people run things, everyone is glad, but when the ruler is bad, everyone groans (MSG). Then in Verse 4- A leader of good judgment gives stability; an exploiting leader leaves a trail of waste (MSG). The righteous “out think, out-live, and-out love” others and make a tremendous difference in their world.
There are more insights on righteousness in this chapter: Verse 6- “Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.” Verse 7- “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” Verse 16- “When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.”
May we seek the righteousness of God and encourage others to live in the righteousness and joy of the Lord.