“Therefore walk in the way of good people.
Keep to the paths of the just.
The upright will inhabit the land.
The innocent ones of integrity will remain in it.
But the wicked will be cut off from the land.
The treacherous will be rooted out of it.”
The young people were to walk in the way of the good people. Thus they would become upright and righteous as they kept to the path of the just ones. The upright will then inherit, inhabit, and abide in the land. The innocent ones who live with integrity will remain on the land. However, the wicked ones will be cut off from the land. The liars and the treacherous infidels will be rooted out of the land. Notice that the big reward and punishment is the land.
“You have rebuked the nations.
You have destroyed the wicked.
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins.
You hast rooted out their cities.
The very memory of them has perished.”
Yahweh has destroyed the wicked enemies of David. He has rebuked the pagan nations and blotted out their name forever. They have vanished into everlasting ruins. Their cities have been rooted out as their memory has perished. It was not good to be an enemy of David.
“If I have walked with falsehood,
If my foot has hastened to deceit,
Let me be weighed in a just balance!
Let God know my integrity!
If my step has turned aside from the way,
If my heart has followed my eyes,
If any spot has clung to my hands,
Then let me sow!
Let another eat!
Let what grows for me be rooted out!”
The first question is falsehood. Has Job lied? Has Job cheated people? Job maintained that he had not deceived people. He had always used a just weight scale in his transactions. God knew his integrity. He had never turned from God’s way. If he has done anything wrong, let him be the sower and another person can eat of his crop. If he has been false and deceitful, whatever he has planted and grown should be rooted out.