Wicked living causes…
- Fear (v.1) – flee when no man pursues. Others are afraid and hide
themselves(v.12,28). Like a roaring lion and raging bear to poor people (v.15).
- Instability (v.2) – a land with wicked rulers will go through many princes.
- Oppression (v.3) – Poor people who are wicked will oppress other poor people, rather than sticking together and helping one another. (See also v.16.)
- Lawlessness (v.4).
- Confusion (v.5) – Evil men don’t understand; while those who seek the Lord understand all things.
- Shame to parents (v.7) – Heartlessly taking from parents and destroying others (v.24).
- Prayers won’t be heard (v.9) – The prayer of the lawless man is an abomination.
- Transgression and evil toward others (v.21-22).
- Dishonesty (v.23).
- Strife (v.25).
Wicked living is motivated by…
- Pride (v.11) – wise in own conceit (eyes).
- Covetousness (v.16) – But it cannot be justified by material success. God says it is better to be poor and upright than corrupt and rich (v.6). Eventually, those who abuse others to get rich will be humbled and lose everything (v.8).
Wicked living will lead to punishment – fall into his own pit (v.10), fall into mischief (v.14), shall flee to the pit (v.17), shall fall at once (v.18), shall come to poverty (v.19), shall not be innocent (v.20), is a fool who will not be delivered (v.26), will have many a curse (v.27)
Wicked living should be confessed and forsaken; not covered (v.13). Those who confess to the Lord will find mercy and forgiveness through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:Proverbs 28:13
But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”