The Wealth of the Sinner Is Stored Up For the Righteous: Proverbs 13:22 and Job 27:17

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Reading in Job this morning, I ran across an interesting passage: Job 27:16-17 (my thoughts mainly on verse 17).  It reads…

Though he [the wicked] heaps up silver like dust
and clothes like piles of clay,
17 what he lays up the righteous will wear,
and the innocent will divide his silver.  NIV
                             

Adam Clark says of verse 17:

Money is God’s property. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord; ” and though it may be abused for a time by unrighteous hands, God, in the course of his providence, brings it back to its proper use; and often the righteous possess the inheritance of the wicked.

Another verse that says something similar is Proverbs 13:22.  It says…

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.  RSV
 

From the Jamieson, Fausset , and Brown Commentary on this verse:

The expression, “is laid up,” implies that there are hidden ways whereby God sustains the godly, though they do not see it with their eyes nor can comprehend it with their mind (T. Cartwright).

As I pondered these comments, I thought of what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23:

So let no one boast of men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apol’los or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours; 23 and you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.  RSV

 

Wow!  This is really something.  All things are mine.  Because I am in Christ all things are mine.  These thoughts make me feel so rich, even powerful.  I have so much!! And I have no reason to envy the world.  They, in the end will have nothing.  All that is the worlds will go to me! 

These thoughts now make me think of another passage I have recently been reading—from Matthew 13:24-30; 38-43.  It is the parable of the wheat and the tares.  It simply says that in the end God will gather the wheat and the tares.  The tares (those unsaved) will be cast into the furnace of fire and will be burned.  But the wheat (the saved, righteous) will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. 

Yes, in the end the evil unsaved will have nothing, but misery and pain, but the righteous saved will have everything!

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14 Responses to The Wealth of the Sinner Is Stored Up For the Righteous: Proverbs 13:22 and Job 27:17

  1. Daniel says:

    Am blessed to know that I will put on the raiment of the wicked for I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

  2. Alberjohna Powell says:

    I thought this was a very interesting topic someone and ask the pastor if they won the lottery and bless the tractor $50,000 would he take it the Pastor said no that money is evil and I thought about the scripture saying the wealth of the sinner is laid out for the righteous I don’t know if I was quite right but I’m just studying the scripture to see what is really mad because I don’t want to lead anybody wrong what do you think

    • Anonymous says:

      My take on it is, money isn’t evil. It is man that is wicked. We both read what the scripture just said; the wealth of a sinner – the man who is wicked; (who doesn’t have a relationship with Christ); that money will be stored up for the righteous. Unless the Holy Spirit tells me otherwise, I will gladly accept lottery money!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Glory to God!!

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  5. Anonymous says:

    and if it’s all yours, then what about the other believers?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yes, yes, yes!!! Praise God!! 🙂

  7. Nickel John says:

    Interesting thoughts. Many times we look at it from an earthly perspective. And not from an eternal perspective. We have the example of the rich man and Lazaro. Wicked rich and righteous. It appears that Lazaro had the riches that the wicked had stored up for himself, but did not have access to. Which tends to say that all that the wicked do that is good by eternal standards is stored up in heaven as well. But the important thing is to have access to it when one finished his or her life as well as access to all the treasure of your enemies, those that lorded it over you, the ones the persecuted you, since their treasure will be turned over to the ones that acted righteously towards them.
    I have also seen this dynamic operate in the earthly realms. How God our loving Father flips the playing field to our advantage and rewards us with what the wicked laboured so hard to obtain but can’t enjoy.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Christians will use this passage to steal from their brothers .

  9. owanifo says:

    Thank you for your insightful article.The reason that we do not possess the things that belong to us is due to limiting beliefs (cf. Galatians4:1). Everything that happen in life is a creation of your belief(cf Matthew8:13). Note that you can cite scriptures without believing in them and it is your believing in the scriptures that make them to yield fruits in your life. Whatever you believe in affects your behavior and until your behavior is changed then you have not believed. You must first change your behavior by what you believe in before you get the results which is promised by the scriptures.God can always trigger events and circumstances for the transfers of wealth to the righteous but the righteous must change their behaviors using what they believe because it is written that it is the doers(people with changed behaviors as a result of what they believed in) who are blessed and not the hearers(people whose behaviors are not changed by their beliefs). TRANSFORMED BEHAUIORS SPROUT FROM TRANSFORMED MINDS.

  10. Sylefestah nzamba says:

    Oh what a great teachings let blessings of abraham, isaac and jacob fall on you

  11. Pastor Brett, South Africa says:

    I believe this is true. First we understand that God owns everything in the first place. It is HIS to give. It does not inherently belong to the wicked. What we all have is God’s, whether believers or not. Therefore God can transfer wealth to us. Did he not do this with the Promised land? He literally took it from the wicked and gave it to His People. If this seems unethical, we need to remember that GOD OWNS EVERYTHING in the first place and He can give it to whom He chooses. This does not justify stealing from others. We do live in different times and God works in many ways. However it does mean that we should expect God to give His children as much wealth as He chooses to. However it is that He chooses to transfer the wealth from the wicked to His children too, there is no wrong done because it belongs to God, and on top of that God is sovereign. Of course He is also just so we should always expect Him to do so according to His own code of ethics. If it doesn’t match our code of ethics that’s because we are limited in our understanding and severely handicapped in our perspective. God’s ways [His ethic?] are higher than ours.

    I’m also a pastor for more than 25 years. Nowhere does the Bible say money is evil. The love of money is evil. Money takes on the character of the owner. If a man is righteous it will be used for righteous, Kingdom purposes. If a man is evil, it is usually used for person, self-centered, and sometimes even evil purposes. Believer, expect God to prosper you in this life. If your heart is right with God and you use money redemptively, there is no reason why God should not prosper a righteous man. We need to understand that money is an important earthly tool with which a lot of good can be done for our personal prosperity, the Kingdom and for the good of humanity.

    Peace out 😉

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