Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Revenues of the Wicked – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verse 6
6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Revenues of the Wicked
There is a verse that we can find back in Proverbs chapter 10 verse 2, that goes along nicely with the verse above.
Proverbs 10: King James Bible
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
The second half of verse 6 of chapter 15, is filled with warning that we can find throughout the New Testament (I”ll include the verses I’m thinking about below). The focus as it relates to the revenues of the wicked, is brought to us by the word “in.”
Trouble is mingled “in” to the revenues of the wicked. This gives us a separation point, between the revenues and the trouble. In other words, the revenue isn’t necessarily going to be a problem, in and of itself.
But the trouble is added to it, either from it being ill gotten, or used unwisely. You can imagine all of the different avenues the wicked might take, to get gain. In a similar fashion, I’m confident you can imagine all of the different ways that gain or finances can be used to fulfill wicked desires, or to be abused. The end result… Trouble.
But that is a physical way to look at the verse. Let’s think about it from a spiritual perspective.
As we can see so often, there is both a physical and a spiritual meaning to this verse.Spiritually speaking, both sides of the verse tend to make much more sense, and blends right in to what we can find all over the Bible.
What jumps to the forefront, is the verse that lets us know what the spiritual revenues are for both the righteous and the wicked. For the wicked, the wages (revenues) of sin is death. For the righteous, the gift of God (much treasure) is eternal life through Christ Jesus.
Jesus tells us a few parables about the Kingdom of Heaven, by way of treasure. He tells us about the man who sold all he had, to purchase a pearl of great price. Also, he tells us about the man who found a treasure in a field, went and sold all that he had and bought the field. Both of these parables and more, can be found in Matthew chapter 13.
It is my belief, that it is no accident that Jesus made several references, correlating treasure with Heaven, or the Kingdom of Heaven. So when we read the verse above, and take a spiritual look at the much treasure of the righteous, it isn’t too much of a stretch to make that same correlation.
Should anyone be on the fence, as to what the Lord’s will is for us concerning this, I can help you by saying, that it is his will that none should perish, but to call upon the name of the Lord to be saved!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 13: King James Bible
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Matthew 16: King James Bible
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Luke 12: King James Bible
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
1 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Thank you for the free gift of salvation, only made available to us by all that you gave to make it so, your only Begotten Son. Thank you also for your Word, and the nuggets of treasure that we can find throughout it. Help us every day Father, to do what you will for us to do, and to not waver one way or the other. Cause for us to build treasure in Heaven, which is our great treasure, where we will be with you for all of eternity, which is our blessed hope. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever been caught in the trouble that is mingled in with the revenue of the wicked?
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