By George Lawson, “A Practical Exposition of the Book of Proverbs” 1821)
“The house of the wicked will be destroyed–but the tent of the upright will flourish.” Proverbs 14:11
The upright man is far happier in the poorest circumstances–than a wicked man in his greatest prosperity. Though a wicked man surmounts his neighbor as far as the cedars of the mountain overtop the creeping shrubs of the valley–yet he shall be filled with the strokes of divine vengeance. Though he dwells in a magnificent palace–the tempest of divine indignation shall beat it down!
But the righteous man, though at present he appears like the incarnate Savior, a tender plant–shall grow like the cedar in Lebanon. And though his dwelling place is but a tent, it shall flourish, and prosper, and grow into a heavenly mansion! It is far better to dwell in a poor cottage where the blessing of God rests, and in which is heard the melody of joy and praise–than in a palace which lies under the curse of the Lord!