Proverbs is an unendingly practical book to daily living. It calls us to walk in the wisdom of God.
In this chapter, Solomon demonstrates that God is profoundly concerned about ethics in business. Unjust business practices are an abomination to the Lord. Dishonesty is serious because it is in the same category as other abominations, including sexual immorality, idolatry, occult practices, child sacrifice and lying.
Though God abhors dishonesty, He delights in honest business practices. The wise know that the Lord’s favor is more important than money.
Solomon repeatedly asserts that the wise person is teachable, humble, self-aware and therefore they grow in wisdom.
This chapter is the first of a series that address the fate of the righteous and the wicked. Those who are upright have integrity that will guide their decisions in life on the path of wisdom. However, the wicked twists and perverts the truth, making life choices that will destroy them.
Let us remember that the contrast between riches and righteousness is striking. Righteousness is more valuable than money.