15 One who walks righteously and speaks with integrity, One who rejects unjust gain And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; One who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed And shuts his eyes from looking at evil; 16 He will dwell on the heights, His refuge will be the impregnable rock; His bread will be given him, His water will be sure. Isaiah 33:15-16 NASB
The phrase “One who walks” refers to one’s commitment on living his/her life according to God’s standard. The word “righteously” means to live or to make it your goal to imitate the life of Jesus Christ as told in the New Testament. Even what comes out of our mouths must be sprinkled with love and grace which is kindness.
Without any question, we have to never give in to a bribe which corrupts one’s good conduct and from hurting or killing anyone—making you evil.
The phrase “shuts his eyes from looking at evil” is a very broad statement that can include the following…
but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. -Matthew 5:28
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male slave, or his female slave, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” -Exodus 20:17
If we live with integrity, shunning evil and clinging to the Lord’s righteousness, we will find safety in our Rock—the Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever builds his life on Christ, his faith will never be toppled—enduring the storms that come.
24 Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. -Matthew 7:24-25