Good cause and affect in our Proverbs as it relates to walking the straight and narrow path versus being a crook!
Pro 15:27 Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
Someone who cheats, steals or takes bribes, is headed for trouble. Another way of saying, sin catches up with us! We may get instant gratification, or suddenly become wealthy by cheating and being dishonest with someone, but God sees all, there is no dishonesty or hiding sin with God, and God’s scales and standards are just and true!
How often have we seen in the news about a politician taking bribes only to leave office in disgrace? What were once lofty goals for the greater good have now come crashing down and wrecked their legacy.
The other half of the Proverb takes us to the righteous person, “he who hates bribes will live”— Someone who takes the narrow and righteous path that brings honor to God will live, as in not perish like the crook who is only in it for themselves.
The crooked person gets trouble and death, while the righteous and honest person escapes death and lives. We can hide our misdeeds from other people and the law, but there is no hiding our sin from God, God sees all!