Wow! One’s walk is a matter of worship. Fearing the Lord, wisdom and ethics are all interconnected. So, a man who’s lifestyle is upright demonstrates that he fears the Lord, and one whose lifestyle is devious reveals that he despises Him.
In this chapter we see grace and sin in their true colours. Grace reigning is a reverence to God, and it gives honor to him who is infinitely great and high. Sin reigning is no less than a contempt of God. In this, more than in any thing, sin appears exceedingly sinful, that it despises God, whom angels adore. Those that despise God’s precepts, and will not be ruled by them, his promises, and will not accept of them, despise God himself and all his attributes.
One’s character makes a difference on what comes out of a person. An honest person does not utter lies; a dishonest person utter lies- or better, “breathes out” lies. Furthermore, one’s character makes a difference on what goes into a person. A scoffer is too arrogant and intractable to ever really take wisdom to heart, even though he seeks it on his own terms.
Grace and sin always come to true light. By this we may know a man that has grace, and the fear of God, reigning in him, he walks uprightly, he makes conscience of his actions, is faithful both to God and man, and every stop he makes, as well as every step he takes, is by rule; here is one that honours God. But, on the contrary, he that is perverse in his ways, that wilfully follows his own appetites and passions, that is unjust and dishonest and contradicts his profession in his conversation, however he may pretend to devotion, he is a wicked man, and will be reckoned with as a despiser of God himself.