This chapter in Proverbs is loaded with promises related to wisdom. You find an array ranging from financial to emotional. This is a chapter where “never is heard a discouraging word....” Yet other places in the Bible, as well as Proverbs, you have the assurance of persecution and the promise of the sustaining hand of God through rough times. If wisdom produces promises, how do you have rough times?
Look at this verse. God is promising that he will deliver different rewards to different responses. He promises a “curse” (3994) for the “wicked” (7563). He also “blesses” (1288) the “just” (righteous NASB) (6662). What this does is generate envy in the hearts of those around us. Have you ever seen two siblings going through this? One does his chores and gets a reward. The other refuses and is grounded. Is the grounded child happy with the one rewarded? Often the villain will ruin the good time of the rewarded out of envy.
You might think this is no big deal but keep in mind that it was important enough to make the Big Ten.
(Exodus 20:17 KJV) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.So? There will always be people who will be jealous of the blessings that God has given you. This is just a reminder to not be surprised when others covet your ox. Keep plowing because there is nothing you can do for them.