The book of Proverbs is not a book of economics. But it gives reasons for poverty and warns against the abuse of prosperity. The Philippines is a poor nation of mostly poor people. But Pastors seldom teach about poverty and prosperity in Proverbs.
A A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s
wealth is laid up for the righteous (v. 22)
- B The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is sweptaway through injustice (v. 23).
A1 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him (v. 24)
- B1 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want [poverty] (v. 25).
Prov. 13:22-25 deals with two things—provision for the family and poverty of the family. It is presented through parallel texts. A and A1 give parallel meanings. A speaks of leaving a material inheritance. A1 speaks of leaving a moral inheritance. Hence, a good man leaves a material inheritance to his grandchildren. A good parent leaves a moral inheritance to his son. He disciplines his son and teaches him.
I have often wondered by some people are rich or poor. I realized that some are rich because their grandparents left them money. Some are poor because their grandparents left them nothing.
But if you are poor, the best inheritance you can leave to your children is a moral inheritance, a godly inheritance. You leave them the value of the fear of the Lord. You leave them the value of obedience to God’s Word.