Proverbs

Proverbs 12:12-14 From Root To Fruit.

Those who covet the fruit of other peoples labour the wisdom scriptures regard as wicked. This speaks not only to individuals but it also speaks to government confiscatory tax regimes, built on the premise that those who have owe it to those who have not. The bible mandates charity where charity is due, but these systems are built on coveting and envy. There is a contrast here. The wicked want the fruit of another’s labour, whereas the labour of the righteous is the fruit of a good heart (v. 12). The wicked are ensnared by their lies-the transgression of their lips (v. 13 Cf. Pr. 18:7). The righteous, by contrast, speak words which are the fruit of what is true within them (Cf. Pr. 13:2; 15:23; 18:20). In the end, both will receive the fruit of their own work (v. 14 Cf. Pr. 1:31; Is. 3:10-11).

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