Third in a series of studies of Proverbs 10:23-25
“When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more,
But the righteous has an everlasting foundation” (Proverbs 10:25).
“Whirlwind” represents judgment in this verse. The scriptures make it clear that Judgment Day is coming and that it will be shocking to all, but especially to those who have chosen a “wicked” lifestyle.
The metaphor of the whirlwind indicates speed as well as uncertainty. The whirlwind moves so quickly that the observer is dazzled when trying to keep up with it as well as being uncertain about where it will go next. Solomon says judgment will come in such a way—it will come and go quickly, and the “wicked” will have no time for transforming their lives.
Judgment will come just as quickly for the “righteous,” but consequences for them will be quite different, the preacher says. The righteous have built their lives around that which has created a solid spiritual foundation; so they can look forward to the eternal home prepared for those who love the Lord and follow His word.
Second in a series of studies of Proverbs 10:23-25
“The fear of the wicked will come upon him,
And the desire of the righteous will be granted” (Proverbs 10:24).
Continuing the thought of selecting either a good, wholesome lifestyle or a life of wickedness, Solomon shows the consequences of our choices, both the wicked and the righteous.
The use of the word “fear” shows that the wicked are not quite as secure in their choices as they would like others to believe—they do feel at least some uncertainty about the consequences of their behavior. Inwardly, some realize that “what goes around comes around.”
On the other hand, since the righteous have trained their desires toward spiritual things and since their lives demonstrate that choice, they will receive that coveted reward, of course, by remaining faithful to the Lord. All of this teaching is designed to guide all people to make a firm choice for the Lord and His word.
First in a series of studies of Proverbs 10:23-25
“To do evil is like sport to a fool,
But a man of understanding has wisdom” (Proverbs 10:23).
Spiritual understanding that results in an acceptable lifestyle is the topic under consideration in this passage. The foolish enjoy evil and amuse themselves by participating in evil activities; the wise refine their tastes so that they take real pleasure in things that please the Lord.
Satan presents sin to human beings as nothing but fun—in a way that makes it appealing and desirable. And he never shows the lasting side effects of a sinful life. The foolish buy his package, not only participating in sinful activities but also by rebuffing and ridiculing attempts to bring them around to God’s way.
People of wisdom, however, not only listen to reason but allow themselves to be influenced by the logic and appeal of a godly lifestyle. They train themselves to have a pleasing taste for all things spiritual, resulting in a life that has pleasant consequences here but also in a reward that will last for all eternity.