A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel (Proverbs 12:10)
The best the wicked can do is only hurtful. His only hope is to change – from wicked to righteous. And the good news is that this happens all the time.
Animals in the ancient world were not generally kept or treated as pets. They were basically tools to help people accomplish what needed to be done. The modern western concern for an animal’s feelings did not seem to be widespread in antiquity.
One of the local landowners, who keeps a large section of his fields open for our excavation, is quite wealthy and has a pet dog – a greyhound. Really more like an expensive toy, he enjoys the dog and cares for it as the investment it is. But, most locals have little appreciation for pets. This is the Old Testament world behind our verse.
One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers