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In these passages, Solomon continues to expound his observations regarding mankind’s  behavior and the results of their behavior and choices. Solomon observes that we cannot predict what will happen to all individuals. Sometimes it appears that a righteous person has bad things happen to him or her, and an evil person does not suffer consequences. Solomon makes this rather discerning and wise observation: “The sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of man among them are given fully to evil.”

The fact is, we will be punished for the sins we commit.  However, punishment may not happen immediately. It may not happen for days, months or even years. But it will happen. The Bible says that we will reap what we sow in this world.

I believe that we will be punished in like manner to the sins we commit. If we lie, we will be lied to. If we commit adultery, it will probably happen to us. The problem is that because of our delayed punishment we may not realize the linkage of our sin to the punishment we are receiving. We will not realize that we are at fault for our situation. Therefore we must be aware of the sins that we commit and repent of these immediately.

If we don’t see the sins in our life, we must ask God to reveal them to us. The Bible says that all people sin.  That includes you and me.