He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17:15 (Cf. 24:24)).

          I’m certain that that there were some events and happenstances that prompted Solomon’s statement here; we don’t have a clue as to what exactly they were, bust it seems obvious that was something going that Solomon found distasteful and that he was convinced that God hated and found more than a little objectionable Himself.  While we don’t to just take another’s word for a matter, I think it essential that we lend some greater (if not a good deal greater) credence to that's which the Word of God puts forth as reliable and binding to the way we think and act.
         This seems to be the case in a number of the passages we find in the writings of Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived; the one who wrote and thus declared the mind and heart of God.  It seems unwise, even dangerous for us, as believers to disregard or cast aside what Proverbs has to say about anything what it clearly puts forth.  Solomon was not only the wisest man who ever lived, but was a great writer and was clear and definite in what he wrote.  
         Interestingly, this passage has particular application to our own time, as it seems to speak to the tendency of many to play fast and loose with what Solomon, in many places calls the just and unjust, exactly, it seems, as was happening in some circumstances in Solomon’s time and circumstance.
         Notice that he begins the first two short phrases with the couple words “He who…”.  It was a common way of making a general reference to that which a known or seen acquaintance conducted himself and which Solomon wished to address in a specific fashion regarding either the statement of his behavior or the consequences of that behavior.  The mechanism occurs in some 550 verses in the both the  OT as well as the NT.  In the NT is particularly prominent in the Gospels but is present in the Book of Acts as well as the Epistles as well.  
         He speaks of two kinds of people and of the qualities of their walk on the earth and among men.  
First, he speaks of the wicked and how the one in view treats or speaks of them.
Second, he speaks of the righteous and the implication is the mentioned response to them his treatment of them.

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08/20/2016 5:22am

There are always contradictions in religious texts. One can find plenty in the Bible. But, we must understand that they all lead us into the righteous path away from evil.


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