It Is Not Good to Fine the Righteous (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

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It is also not good to fine the righteous, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness” (17:26). We have already noticed the responsibility of rulers to punish evildoers (20:8, 26). However, they must take care not to punish the righteous along with the wicked. Peter would later explain the primary responsibility of civil authorities: “For the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right” (1 Peter 2:14). A sloppy execution of punishment that affects the righteous is not good. Those who are righteous and upright should not be fined, struck down, or otherwise harmed by those in power.

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