Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 19, 2016

“Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the Lord sustains the righteous.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 20.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“Do you know this from of old,
From the establishment of man on earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the godless momentary?
“Though his loftiness reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
He perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
“He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.
“The eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And his place no longer beholds him.

15 “He swallows riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.

18 “He returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.

20 “Because he knew no quiet within him,
He does not retain anything he desires.

28 “The increase of his house will depart;
His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger.
29 “This is the wicked man’s portion from God,
Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”  Job chapter 20:  verses 4-9, 15, 18, 20, and 28-29. 


Job chapter 20 describes in different ways how the wicked and their riches and their desire are cut short and disappear.  I will just add the sharp contrast as to how the righteous are preserved by God and given gladness to enjoy the fruits of their labor and their life. 

16 Better is the little of the righteous
Than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
But the Lord sustains the righteous.”  Psalm 37:16-17.

13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun:  riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.  14 When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.  15 As he had come naked from his mother’s womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.  16 This also is a grievous evil—exactly as a man is born, thus will he die.  So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?  17 Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger.

18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting:  to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him;  for this is his reward.  19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor;  this is the gift of God.  20 For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.”  Ecclesiastes 5:13-20.


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