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The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous (Proverbs 14:19, ESV). Many interpret this proverb in a physical, literal sort of way. I suppose this is possible (perhaps likely). I would like to suggest another application. When one thinks about those who are evil or those who are wicked (one in the same really), just how do they respond to those who are righteous? With fear! They fear what they don’t understand; they fear that life which judges them; since they can’t overcome it, though they try with a good deal of vigor, in a strange way, they bow before the righteous by recognizing the righteous life lived is right. They have, in effect, come to recognize that righteousness is powerful and a threat to them who are evil and wicked. What did the Lord say, but that every knee will bow and every voice will confess (Philippians 2:8-11). So, in one way or another, they will bow!

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