Proverbs 11:26 ESV
The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
Not every verse in Proverbs is a moral admonition. Some, like this verse, are intended to teach the read about the way the world really works. After all, just as a mechanic must understand what’s in a car and how it works before trying to fix it, we must understand what’s in the world and how it works before we attempt to reform it. These verses do not condone the state of affairs. These verses do not condemn it either. These verses merely enlighten us tell us what’s going on.
The basic logic of this statement should be clear: people like having access to food (as I’m sure we can all agree) and dislike those who prevent them from getting that access. We must, however, note that the verse does not say ‘a blessing is on the head of him who gives it away’; the verse says ‘a blessing is on the head of him who sells it’. People, according to this verse, don’t even require charity to be grateful: just the opportunity to buy the grain is enough.
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