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Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner (Proverbs 13:6, NKJV). How can righteousness guard a man? Righteousness is not only a state of declaration by the Lord, it is also a way of life. The psalmist said that he hid the word of God in his heart in order that he would not sin against the Lord (Psalm 119:11). This approach to life protects us. It protects us in helping us see, very plainly, the ways of Satan (2 Corinthians 2:11) and it protects us because it helps us see the path of righteousness (not the plurality and singular). It is the path that those who love the Lord choose to follow (Matthew 11:28-30). The wicked person, on the other hand, is a person who refuses to hear and heed the Lord’s words of life. As one man said in regard to this contrast “saints are secured from ruin, sinner are secured for ruin” (Matthew Henry, italics added, RT). Since that is the case, what choice do you think a wise person will make?

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