My daily pattern is to read through a chapter of Proverbs then go to the last verse in that chapter that I reflected on and move to the next verse for thought and meditation. As I was reading the verse that jumped out at me was,
(Proverbs 29:7 KJV) The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.It is one of those divine coincidences that makes verse fourteen the next I reflect on. Both speak of how the poor are treated.
Verse 7 talks about the “cause” (rights NASB) of the “poor.” Verse 14 wants “truth” (571) as a measure for the “poor” (1800b). I earlier commented on how often Proverbs mentions fools. The poor are also very common in this book but with a whole different attitude. Where there is little patience for fools, the poor receive great compassion and concern.
We are coming through a holiday season. If you are Eastern Orthodox you are still in the middle of it. I know that I need to be constantly reminded to be concerned for the poor.
I also need to be concerned about truth.
So? Just as we need to be thankful all year, we need to be concerned for Biblical justice all year.