July 28, 2023 – Friday
Proverbs 28:1 NIV
1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 NKJV
1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 NET
1 The wicked person fled, though no one was pursuing, but the righteous person can be as confident as a lion.
I have no idea why, but this is one of the first verses I committed to memory. I do know that even when speeding (not a righteous act) when I hear a police car siren, I no longer had the desire to flee or to jam on the brakes. Somehow, as an active Christian I was more than willing to accept any ticket that deservedly came my way. They never came, perhaps because my speeding had greatly reduced in magnitude as well.
Anyway, I included the New English Translation as it is one of the few that treats The wicked as a singular person or individual. I believe the verse works either way. The question is why do the wicked, as a group or as individuals, flee when no one pursues?
David Guzik states, The wicked flee when no one pursues: This speaks of a confusion and fear that properly belong to the wicked, not to the godly and wise. This is both because they are under God’s displeasure and because they lack the strength and courage of the Holy Spirit. While I don’t disagree, I prefer Matthew Henry’s initial comment (he has 17) on this verse, Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. Just think on the first part of that comment, Sin makes men cowards. Absolutely true. What man or woman caught up in sin wants to be found out? Of course, none of them want to be found out which is why they go to such lengths to conceal or obfuscate their sin or sins.
Matthew Henry also observes; Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. The Apostle Paul would agree for he wrote in Romans 1:30b, they invent ways of doing evil. And two verses later in 1:32b, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Matthew Henry continued; The success of ungodly men is their own misery. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. Mike Tyson (yes that Mike Tyson) seems to get this. When he was interviewed by Tucker Carlson (about 7:20) said this on handling criticism, Sometimes I get in my head and think I’m somebody and then I’m easily offended. But when I know I’m nobody I could never be offended. Indeed!
However, the second part of our verse, the righteous are as bold as a lion, leads us elsewhere. Being righteous before God, repentantance makes it possible to stand even when the odds come against you the for with God’s strength and assurances you can be as confident and as bold as a lion.
Bottom Line: Let your righteousness lead you and repent of any and all sin in your life so you can live as a lion, bold and confident.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Lead us to repentance so we are able to live our lives in righteousness, calm, confident, and bold as a lion. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton