Proverbs 27-29

The sayings continue.  The pragmatism continues.  Don’t have a hot temper.  Discipline your children (and servants, ick).  But there is a decent amount of class warfare.  There are a total of 82 verses, at least 8 of them deal with the poor. 

Proverbs 28

3 A ruler who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than the rich whose ways are perverse.
8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

Proverbs 29

7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will be established forever.

It is fascinating how much of the Old Testament is devoted to taking care of the poor. It’s like when I read the Gospel of Mark recently and was like, “You know, what seem to be pretty literal healing stories are just a huge part of this Gospel.”  Even as someone who is uncomfortable with miracles, you just can’t deny that is a part of the story.  I am not sure how people read these texts and continue to be okay with a government that harms the poor.  Weird.

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