“The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.”
At first reading, this verse may seem to be about physical nourishment as in food. But it seems clear that it relates more correctly to the hunger for righteousness, as in the beatitude of Matthew 5:6 (“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”). The Lord will fulfill that need for the righteous, just as he will not withhold wisdom from those who ask for it (James 1:5). But as the text states, He will thwart the craving of the wicked. This may not mean that evil never finds its way, but God will not give those who seek it any aid in doing so.
This translation, however, does not preclude the other interpretation stated above. We should well remember Jesus’ words of comfort in Matthew 6:25 – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
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