The next series of proverbs consists of positive and negative contrasts between the wicked and the righteous. Those with wicked/guilty consciences are fearful of being found out even when no one is pursuing them. However, the righteous can face life boldly without fear. Law abiding citizens have no reason to fear the police. Neither does the one who keeps God’s commandments have a reason to dread the judgment. God hears the prayers of the righteous, but the prayers of the unrighteous are abominations to Him. The deceitful pursuit of riches and get-rich-quick schemes lead to spiritual poverty. Pride is again condemned by the writer of Proverbs. “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool…” Solomon also pointed out the necessity to aid the poor—blessings contrasted with cursings.
One of the “Christian graces” found in the writings of the apostle Peter is self-control. As he continued contrasting good and evil, Solomon also showed results from a lack of self-control. He stated that a “fool vents all his feelings” and that there is more hope for a fool than for a man who is “hasty in his words.” Righteousness and wisdom are preferred over wickedness and foolishness. Other proverbs stress the importance of proper training of children and in trusting God instead of man.