Proverbs 19:5

A false witness will not go unpunished,

    and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 19:5 ESV

This verse requires us to “believe in the dark what we know to be true in the light.” In other words, this verse requires great trust in the Lord to do what is right because so frequently it appears that false witnesses do go unpunished. In other words, they get away with it! Sometimes we have stories like Jezebel who was punished for suborning false witnesses against Naboth (1 Kings 21). But so often, we are left asking “when is their punishment coming?”

Once again, the writer presses us to recognize that not all of God’s actions are plainly visible to all, nor do they all occur in this life. The latter will seem like a cop-out for those who do not believe in God’s ultimate justice in the life to come. I get that. But disbelief doesn’t make it less true. The naturalist is left with frustration that justice isn’t served. Those who believe in a supernatural life can rest, knowing that ultimately God will mete out justice in a perfect way.

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