Proverbs 18: King James Bible
With the Wicked – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verse 3
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – With the Wicked
This is a verse that is a sequence of events. We can use this prophetically from a certain point of view.
Also as we’ve seen in previous devotionals, this verse is also a law of the Lord. There are no if’s, and’s or but’s, in what we’re being told here. It’s just the way it is.
We can see it as the Lord establishing a cause and effect with this one. When the wicked come, then comes contempt. And the same holds true with the rest of the verse.
The second half of the verse is truncated. But I believe what it’s telling us is the same thing as the first half of the verse, but with a different subject. When ignominy comes, then comes reproach. One will always follow the other.
There are three words here, that are important for us to get a good handle on, if we are to understand this verse the way it is intended. Those three words are:
- and Reproach
Following the wicked will be contempt. The word contempt is being used as if to sum up being despised, shamed, or disrespect.
Then we are introduced to the word ignominy. This rarely used word is to sum up words like shame, dishonor, confusion, and disgrace.
Following ignominy will be reproach. The word reproach is as if to sum up words like scorn, taunt, rebuke, and shame.
These are the kind of things that follow the wicked. And people wonder why the Lord establishes things the way he does?
These are the very things that the Father would rather us avoid, so that we don’t wind up paying the consequences that come with the wicked. One of may different testaments for his love for his children.
As with many things written in the book of Proverbs, I believe that this verse is directed not only to the wicked, but especially Born Again Believers of Christ Jesus the Lord. Yes, we can be just as wicked as anyone else, saved or not.
This doesn’t mean that we lose our salvation, but the circumstances above are earth bound consequences. These are things that will befall anyone living. For those who are not saved, there’ll be much more coming in judgement after death, on top of whatever they bring upon themselves while they’re alive.
But for us who are saved, we’ll have a lot of explaining to do, if we are saved and called by his name, yet still exchange wickedness for righteousness. I don’t mean people who have decided to backslide into hell, and conscienceless serve the enemy. But rather, folks who give no thought of the Lord at all whatsoever, and are tossed to and from by whatever seems good to them at the time.
As Paul says, there’ll be some that enter into great reward, yet there will be others that enter in as if pulled from the fire.
Reward is far better. Also, not having to go through the hassle, shame, disgrace, and grief of reproach due to wickedness is a blessing in itself. God Almighty created all of this, everything that can be seen, along with whatever is out there that remains unseen.
I’d say it’s always best to listen to him and be righteous, rather than put off his warnings and run the risk of being found in wickedness. Humiliation outside of our control is one thing. But self inflicted humiliation is something completely different.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Thank you as always, for your wisdom and your Word. Thank you for preserving it for us after all these years, and enjoy the truth, that your Word will endure forever! Save us Father, from the things that we may have ever done in wickedness. We repent, and ask that you forgive us all for any trespasses against you. Keep us from the consequences that you’ve established from being wicked, and keep us wise in your ways to avoid snares from the enemy, or from any temptation to go against your will. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever suffered the consequence of running with the wicked?
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.131 – Words of the Wicked