What kind of person would receive good from someone - and decide to repay them with evil in return? That is the question that comes to mind when reading today's proverb. That question is not answered in this statement. What is told to us is what such a wicked man should expect to receive from the hand of God.
The Lord does not look kindly on one who receives good and returns evil for it. We are told that for such a one, evil will not depart from his house. A good example of this principle at work is the house of David. David received good from the hand of Uriah the Hittite. Uriah had ignoble beginnings, being a Hittite. These people were not looked upon favorably by the Lord. In spite of this Uriah decided to draw near to God. At the time Uriah came to David, he was in distress because of the persecution and suspicion of King Saul. Nevertheless, Uriah joined up with David and became one of David's mighty men. He fought courageously with David and stuck with him through thick and thin. For Uriah, there was far more thin than thick. He stayed true though - even to the point of returning home from active duty due to the command of the king. When Uriah came home David invited him to a wonderful feast - during which time they drank and enjoyed enough wine for Uriah to become drunk. David then sent him down to his house and to his wife. But Uriah was a very faithful man and chose not to have sex with his wife - knowing that his men were enjoying no such respite from war while he was away. Mysteriously to Uriah, he was asked to come the next night for the same kind of sumptuous meal - and as he drank to please the king - he once again was seeminly led to get drunk. Once again he was sent to his home by his king - but chose a second night to live as his men lived, sleeping outside his home - and apart from his wife. Little did Uriah know that this choice would cost him and several of his men their lives.
David was guilty of committing adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah's wife. He was also guilty of getting her pregnant. His invitation to Uriah was not one given honestly - but was a cover for getting Uriah to sleep with his wife as a cover for David's immorality. When this ploy did not work - David then had Uriah placed at the front lines of the battle - to be withdrawn from and killed. Uriah fell in battle - along with several of his men faithfully fighting by his side. Having been faithful to David and God - they did so to their deaths. The only thing unknown to them was that their deaths were not the result of the enemy - but rather a death sentence handed down from an ungrateful and immoral king. Some might cry foul here - and wonder how God could continue to bless David. Know this - He did not - until David came in broken-hearted repentance to God.
David paid dearly for repaying good with evil. I find it interesting that his son wrote these words. Solomon knew that the upheaval in his home and among his brothers was due to the sin of his father. I do not believe Solomon wrote this out of anger - just out of fact. David's household paid dearly for David's treachery. His two oldest sons died violent deaths as a result. One of his grandchildren was raped - and 10 of his concubines were raped in broad daylight in front of the entire nation. His kingdom was taken from him by his own son - who later died for his own treachery. David knew very well that when you repay evil for good that you never have evil depart from your house. Most likely he was the one who taught Solomon this truth from the Lord - and he most likely also warned his son of the horrific price that he had to pay for committing that very sin against God.
When someone does us good - we need to be sure that we return them good for what they've done. One of the best ways to be certain to follow this path is to be very grateful for whatever good comes your way. Thank God for what He has given you and thank others for what they do for you as well. Be certain to think highly of those who bless you - and do all that you can to repay everyone who does good to you in kind. This is a proverb that has been fulfilled for us right before our eyes in Scripture. Therefore we need to heed that warning - and always be sure to return good for good. The cost for ignoring this - and doing the opposite is hefty. You do not want to pay it!