In Proverbs we see that at the heart of what it means to live a wise life is caring for justice. Take a look here at this last verse that was just read to you, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” This little word caring is way too weak an English word to get across what’s actually being said here. The Hebrew word here is the word yada`, which is the deepest and most intimate and experiential word in the Hebrew language for knowledge. It’s even used in Genesis to describe sexual activity that brings forth children — it’s a very strong word. 

What this is saying is, “You’re not wise unless you are living an intensely passionate life, committed to justice.” We’re going to look at this under four headings. Why do we need justice? What is justice? Who does justice? How can we be one of the ones who do justice?

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on January 16, 2005. Series: Proverbs: True Wisdom for Living. Scripture: Proverbs 3:18-20, 27-32; 11:10-11; 19:17; 29:7.

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