“Whoever wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
Whoever loves pleasure
Will be poor.
Whoever loves wine and oil
Will not be rich.
The wicked are a ransom for the righteous.
The faithless are a ransom for the upright.”
If you wander from the way of understanding, you are headed for rest in the assembly of the dead. If you love pleasure, you will be a poor man. If you love wine and oil, you certainly will not be rich. The wicked ones are a ransom for the righteous, while the faithless ones are a ransom for the upright. Actions have consequences.
“Those who trouble their household with disorder,
They will inherit wind.
The fool will be a servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.
But violence takes away lives.
If the righteous are repaid on earth,
How much more will the wicked and the sinners!”
There are consequences to your actions. If you leave your household troubled and disordered, they will inherit nothing but the wind. The fool will turn out to be the servant of the wise one. The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life, the symbol of immortality. Violence takes away life. Thus if the righteous are repaid here on earth, how much more will the wicked and sinners be repaid.