From Pastor’s Desk: 11-17-13
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner! – Proverbs 11:30-31 (NIV)
Adam Clarke says of this verse: “It is like that tree which grew in the paradise of God; increasing the bodily and mental vigour of those who ate of it.”
Of the phrase “He that winneth souls is wise” he suggests the following: “Wisdom seeks to reclaim the wanderers; and he who is influenced by wisdom will do the same.”
He continues on verse 31, “Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, &c.”] The Septuagint, Syrian, and Arabic read this verse as follows: “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” And this St. Peter quotes literatim, (verbatim) 1Pe 4:18, where see the note. “If it shall be with extreme difficulty that the Christians shall escape from Jerusalem, when the Roman armies shall come against it with the full commission to destroy it, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Where shall the proud Pharisaic boaster in his own outside holiness, and the profligate transgressor of the laws of God, show themselves, as having escaped the Divine vengeance? The Christians, though with difficulty, did escape, every man; but not one of the Jews escaped, whether found in Jerusalem or elsewhere.”
The Chaldee…has given this a different turn: “Behold, the righteous shall be strengthened in the earth; but the ungodly and the sinners shall be consumed from the earth.”
The Syriac thus: “If the righteous scarcely live, the ungodly and the sinner where shall he stand?”
The Arabic is nearly the same as the Septuagint…”
All this leaving us with insight that the warfare is so heavy and horrible against us as children of God, and we are thus promised the realization of the Blessed Hope, i.e., eternal abode in heaven only as we abide in Christ. Indeed, then, what hope has the ungodly?
It is a choice, and one of eternal value. You might say, “I don’t want to make a choice right now” when, in fact, you just did!