Osama bin Laden and Proverbs

With the news of Osama bin Laden’s death tonight, we would do well to consider two proverbs:

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.” (Proverbs 11:10)

“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.” (Proverbs 24:17-18)

Don’t strut, my friends. Instead, let us pray for justice, mercy and peace.

7 thoughts on “Osama bin Laden and Proverbs

  • May 2, 2011 at 5:59 am

    First of all, I love the contrast. Second, it looks like you used a zero instead of an O in your second quote “0r the LORD will see it”. Either that or maybe it’s a font difference…

  • May 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

    @Jon: I love how Scripture shows us the whole board. Really, the Bible is a book about realities and that can be so striking.

    And thanks for the tip, I’ve fixed the offending character.

  • May 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    The news of his death makes for an interesting mix of feelings… relief; yes, some joy; eerie dread that it will result in repercussions; warrior-intensity that the End of all things may be coming quite soon!
    Thank you for the proverbs. They never cease to be a revealing mirror to a fleshly heart.

  • May 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    @Ellen: I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ words in Luke 13:4-5 “Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

    @Sarah: Solomon’s words are always wise ;-)

  • May 4, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Clearly Bin Laden was a wicked man in which case we have every right to rejoice. Exodus 15 is a good example as well. The second verse might sound contradictory except that it doesn’t identify the enemy as being evil or wicked.

  • May 15, 2011 at 4:04 am

    @Jesse: I’ve really given some thought to your comment, but I think there is enough difference between a key terrorist leader getting smoked by a superpower and Pharaoh getting smashed by the red sea to say that the two are not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison.

    And let me reiterate, I don’t think it’s wrong to rejoice that a truly wicked man got his comeuppance, my point is that there’s a way to rejoice that’s till tasteful.

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