Proverb for the Day 10:6 — Good To Be Me!

Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

This verse discusses two characters regularly contrasted in Proverbs – “the righteous” and “the wicked.” And the focus is not on what happens to them, but is about them – about who they are.

“The righteous” are men and women who operate in a manner consistent with God’s way. Their attitudes and actions follow both His standards and His plan for their lives. Now that sounds like a pretty good way to go!

Resultant to being such a person is that “blessings crown the head.” Consistently – but not perfectly! – thinking and living as they do continues to keep them in the right place at the right time. This isn’t rocket science to figure out – just the willingness to make good choices!

Conversely, “violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.” The verb “overwhelms” is an appropriate translation, but the standard English translation for this word is “cover.”

In addition, the word-order of this Proverb can also suggest a slightly different reading – “the mouth of the wicked covers/conceals violence.” Being the wicked person they are, violence is, in fact, part of their ongoing plans and activities. Sadly, it’s part of their life!

So this verse is not about what happens to us, but the realities of being who we are – benefits or consequences. And, when I’m the person I’m supposed to be – its good to be me!