B Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death (v. 2). [Profit and Loss]
- C The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked (v. 3). [Sovereignty of the LORD]
B1 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich (v. 4). [Profit and Loss]
B and B1 speak about profit and loss. Money earned by illegal or immoral means, do not profit. Do you think that God will still bless you when you make money by illegal and immoral means? No—God’s Word says you will lose. You might make money, but in the end, you will lose.
But money earned by righteousness saves from death. What kind of death is it? It cannot be physical death, for all righteous people die a physical death. Rather, it is an eschatological death—death on the last day, in the day of divine judgment. Prov. 11:4 says, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”
Listen! God will judge everyone someday. He will judge those who earned money by wickedness. But he will favor those who earned money by righteousness. On that day of judgment, your riches will not help you.