“The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish” (v28). The proverbs take the long view of life, connecting a person’s faith and daily commitment to God’s ways with the eventual result: satisfaction, peace, and joy. The righteous will be “established forever” (v25), their “desire will be granted” (v24), and they “walk securely” (v9) because they consistently choose God’s path. Those who speak destructively or slander others (v10,18,19) and those who take sin lightly (v23) create their own ruin (v25,29).
“The fear of the Lord prolongs life” (v27). God is the creator of life, and when we trust Him, choosing His ways, our lives become shaped by His good and eternal kingdom.