The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
This proverb is a commentary on the previous proverb: “A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.” The “riches” that the wicked earn are deceptive. They are but the precursor to disaster and misery, be it in this lifetime or the next. The honor that the righteous receive are a sure reward because it is the honor bestowed by God.
Satan and Christ exemplify this proverb. Satan, in his attacks against Jesus, earned deceptive wages. He appeared to get what he wanted – Jesus disgraced and defeated. What he really earned was his sure downfall. Because Jesus, though tempted, did not sin; because he lived in righteousness, his sacrifice produced his reward of glory and his inheritance – us!
“…when his soul makes an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring;
he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul
he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous…” Isaiah 53:10-11.
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