Faith and works are evident in the life of this representative believer. Here, a God-fearing man is delineated for an example to encourage us to follow suit.
This man knew how to order his house, prosper his children, and is not slothful in his affairs. The riches gained are not necessarily material, but could be spiritual. He is as well, a helpful man to friends and neighbours. Compassion emanates from him, and his light shines before men. His faith makes him a strong man when faced with the unpleasantries of life. But he is also a disliked man, for his life is a testimony against the wicked. So the righteousness that is imputed to him, and also imparted to him by sanctification, marks him out as a godly man. We may fail of this standard through weaknesses and sins, but it remains an aspiration to strive for, through Christ who strengthens us.
1 Praise ye the Lord. The man is blessed