Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
What will fall on you today? Blessings on your head? Or violence to shut your mouth? Either blessing or violence will fall from God upon you. What makes the difference? Either you are living the just man’s life, or you are living the world’s life of sin.
Are you confident you can get away with sinning? So were Noah’s neighbors! You believe God thinks like you and will not judge your sins? Listen to the answer from the sweet psalmist of Israel, “Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver” (Ps 50:22). Reader, believe and react to this proverb!
Why the head of the just? Because the head was the place where formal blessings were bestowed (Gen 48:17; Ps 133:2; Zech 6:11; Matt 26:7). Why the mouth of the wicked? Because it is the hole from which the wicked arrogantly belch against heaven and spew malicious words against the righteous (Ps 12:3; 31:18; 59:12; 63:11; 107:42; 140:9-11).
Blessings are the generous and kind favors from God and men that are directed toward the just, who live godly lives in the fear of the Lord. Just men seek in every part of their lives to be fair, good, right, and righteous. They hate sin and will not compromise with the world. They cannot be bought, pressured, seduced, or tormented to sin.
There is a wonderful promise in this proverb (along with its terrible warning). If you will live a good and righteous life as defined by the Bible, God will favor your causes and plans with prosperity. From marriage to investments and from health to relationships, God can open doors and grant success like no other influence or power in the universe.
Violence is the terrible things God and men do to the wicked, who do not care for Him or His ways (Ps 7:11-16). These curses and punishments include economic disaster, health problems, financial failure, professional loss, family dysfunction, mental instability, and any other trouble that the God of all flesh is justified to pour out upon foolish sinners.
The family tree of Canaan was cursed for Ham’s sexual sin (Gen 9:24-27). Jezebel was thrown from an upper window before Jehu trampled her under his horse (II Kgs 9:30-37). Saul who envied David was beheaded and nailed to a wall (I Sam 31:9-10). Judas was turned over to the devil for a horrific suicide (Acts 1:18). Ananias and Sapphira lied about their giving and fell down dead (Acts 5:1-11). Herod Agrippa executed James and was eaten by worms (Acts 12:21-23). The Jews crucified Jesus, and the Romans slaughtered them and their children (Luke 19:42-44). Proud and unthankful evolutionists are given reprobate minds for perversions with their own sex (Rom 1:18-28).
Only fools wonder why crazed boys take guns to school and viciously shoot other students, when an infant-murder clinic is just down the street, the government allows Hollywood to sell murder and mayhem for entertainment, and the public zoo teaches evolution while outlawing the Ten Commandments. There are consequences for sin, and wise readers of this proverb are reminded of it. Fools will ignore the warning and rush forward in their greed to satisfy their lusts, never seeing the coming disasters and pain.
Reader, it is not too late. If you are considering this proverb, then the blessed God has had mercy on your soul. Do not silence the voice of conscience or the exhortation of the Spirit. Humble yourself before the Lord Jesus Christ, the Just One Himself, and beg for mercy for your wickedness, and turn your steps to follow in the path of righteousness.