Every so often, I encounter a Scripture that captures my attention and I have to stop and ponder its meaning. For the past month this is the Word that has gripped my soul.

A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 28:20

“Emuwnah”, Hebrew for “faithful” is also translated as: firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness (Strongs H530). If we re-read it as “A steadfast man…” the meaning becomes more interesting. It makes me think of a person who is steadfast in the Lord, firm and reliable.

“But he who makes haste” in the original language is “uwts uwts”: to press, be pressed, make haste, urge, be narrow (Strongs H214). This makes me think of a person who will stop at nothing to get money…haste – haste. “I need my money, now!”

“Will not go unpunished” is “naqah naqah”: to be empty, be clear, be pure, be free, be innocent, be desolate, be cut off (Strongs H5352). Does it mean to “be desolate and cut off” from God?

I wonder at the words “blessing” and “riches”. God gives blessings, but man seeks riches. What is the difference between blessings and riches? Bĕrakah and ashar?

What do you think of this Proverb?