A Short Study of Proverbs 14:34
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.”
Whenever we see verses like this, we could speak much of how nations ought to seek out and find just, fair, and honest leaders and judges. We could speak of how nations ought to adopt and enforce fair laws, take care of the poor and down-trodden, as well as many other just, equitable, and merciful actions. These are all very much needed. However, the issues of the righteousness that would exalt a nation can really be summed up in the following – CHRIST EXALTS A NATION, FOR HE IS THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!
There are no earthly nations that, as a whole, believe in and follow the true Christ and the way of salvation by God’s grace in Him. But, and thank God, there is a SPIRITUAL nation that does. It is SPIRITUAL ISRAEL, God’s elect, redeemed, justified, and regenerated people whose hope is in the Lord. They alone are the “Israel of God,” and righteousness exalts them, because they are IN CHRIST!