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Proverbs 3:31 (Mini Sermon)

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31. Pro 3:31 - "Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways."
A. Envy thou not the oppressor,
i. Oppressor n. - 1. One who oppresses; esp. one who harasses with unjust or cruel treatment.
ii. Oppress v. - 1. trans. To press injuriously upon or against; to subject to pressure with hurtful or overpowering effect; to press down by force; to crush, trample down, smother, crowd.
iii. Stupid men (and women) who have oppressive tendencies often gravitate to government where they can trample down people on a large scale (Pro 28:16).
iv. Oppressors have power on their side and wield it against the weak (Ecc 4:1).
v. Often oppressors are wealthy because they take advantage of people and defraud them (Pro 73:3-8), but we should never envy their prosperity.
vi. We are warned repeatedly in scripture to not envy the wicked (Psa 37:1; Pro 23:17).
B. and choose none of his ways.
i. Avoid the temptation to choose the ways of the oppressor and desire to be with him (Pro 24:1).
ii. It may look like they have it good and get away with it, but it will not go well with them forever (Ecc 8:12-13; Psa 73:12-19).