Proverb for the Day 2:9 — Balance!

Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.

In this chapter, Father gives his son some directives about how to live (:1-4). Then he points out the benefits of such choices (5ff).

This verse discusses more of those benefits – the ability to “understand” three things – “what is right and just and fair,” the same three qualities in the same order as 1:3. But here one more idea is added, “every good path.”

“Right” (“righteous”) and “just” (“justice”) are well-known Biblical qualities that define God. Also qualities which He desires that we practice, they are based on attitudes more than activities.

While “fair” is an appropriate translation for the third quality, it doesn’t have the same connotation as we use it today. The Biblical idea of “fair” is something that is “even,” “level” or “smooth.”

I’d like to suggest a different translation – “balanced.”

Fairness is a human concept based on comparing out with others. God has a unique and special plan for each of our lives which is way better than fair. He wants us to operate in the same way.

So, empowered by “what is right and just and fair/balanced,” we will be equipped to find and walk “every good path.” This sounds like a pretty good life and it’s actually the way God wants me to live. 

And it’s readily available. I just need to be willing to listen and follow!