The person of the wicked is a frequent topic of Solomon’s in the proverbs he taught his son. Because his son would one day be king, it was important that he be discerning of the person and ways of the wicked. For today’s devotional, we will focus on two parables that address the wicked, Proverbs 18:3, 5.
Proverbs 18:3 – “When the wicked [ungodly; morally corrupt] cometh [enters; abides], then cometh also contempt [disrespect; shame; i.e. mocking of the righteous – Ps. 31:18], and with ignominy [disgrace; dishonor] reproach [reproach; imputing someone’s character].”
Solomon warns his son that when the wicked have a place of influence and prominence, they bring with them contempt for righteousness, moral goodness, right and honor. One needs look no further than the moral corruption that has taken hold of our nation to recognize the fruition of Solomon’s parable. Men and women who have contempt for moral judgments occupy every branch of government. Their only defense is to heap reproach on the character of the righteous by lies and innuendoes.
In Proverbs 18:5, Solomon offers an elementary lesson in justice by stating two things that are not good.
Proverbs 18:5 – “It is not good to accept [carry; take; bear; support] the person [face; presence] of the wicked [ungodly; morally corrupt], to overthrow [stretch; bend; put aside; turn away] the righteous [lawful; just] in judgment [passing sentence or judgment; verdict].”
The first lesson: It is not good to enable or support the ungodly in their sin (18:5a). Compromising with the wicked and their ways is never right! This truth applies to every walk of life. It is not good for a parent to enable a child’s sin and rebellion. It is not good to be unequally yoked, in partnership, with the ungodly (2 Corinthians 6:14, 16-17).
The second lesson: It is not good to deny the righteous justice (18:5b). The sad reality of our nation is that our judicial and political systems are tilted in favor of the criminal. Too often the victims of crime bear scars that will follow them the rest of their lives, while the criminal is slapped on the wrist and set free to wrong again.
The late evangelist, Dr. Bob Jones Sr. said: “It is never right to do wrong!”