This chapter has plenty of verses comparing the righteous to the unrighteous. Verse 1 (“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion”) and verse 6 (“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways”) caught our attention. The former perhaps having more to do with conscience than the latter. But both obviously addressing matters of character.
Always trying to do the right thing definitely has multiple benefits from the perspective of both verses. Peace of mind, confidence, and never having to look over your shoulder are worth a lot. The satisfaction that comes from having that kind of character is priceless. By “walking in integrity,” we come out ahead now, and we surely will come out ahead when our walk in this world is done. Many radio and TV show “man on the street” type of interviews often revolve around the question of “what would you do for a million dollars?” Money can’t buy any of those important things we just mentioned, so why should our integrity be for sale?
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