Verse 33 – Proverbs makes many comparisons between good and evil, stating what will befall both the wicked and the righteous. Today, we think of “cursing” as foul language, or blasphemous words against God. Our definition usually is synonymous with “swearing.” Swearing is a form of cursing, but only a small portion of what it means in the Bible.
Biblically speaking, cursing is not only speaking evil of someone, but also invoking harm upon them. According to the Bible, evil comes upon a person under a curse. Evil circumstances, sickness, or tragedy occur in their lives. This evil is not coming from God, but rather, Satan. When we follow and obey God, we receive His blessings. Sin produces corruption in our lives and opens the door for curses to come upon us. If someone is sinning, he will reap the fruit of that sin. The wicked have a curse upon them because they are reaping what they have sown. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8). If we humble ourselves and repent of our sin, the Lord will free us from the bad things in our lives.
Verse 34 – God gives grace to the lowly. Grace is the power to overcome sin and lead a righteous life. The Bible calls those who scorn the way of the Lord “fools.” The Biblical definition of a “fool” is one who is rebellious. Rebellion always brings us into shame.
Verse 35 – The wise are promised that they will inherit glory. The choice is ours: blessing or cursing, glory or shame.