Fearing God wins over envying sinners

Proverbs Bible Background

Old Testament: Pro 23.17–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Proverbs 23–24 on September 13, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

We tend to envy the lives of sinners, but we should remember something: There is a hereafter and we will receive according to how we have lived:

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off.

– Proverbs 23.17–18

If you are zealous for the fear of the Lord consistently throughout the day, you will not regret it when you meet God at the Judgment.


  • Do you fear the Lord?
  • Do you envy sinners?

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