The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes. (KJV)
The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both. (NASB)
This verse obviously has an upfront meaning: God, as Creator, gives sight to people of every social status. It makes sense.
One thing that comes into conflict with this meaning, however, is that some people are born blind or are blinded in the course of life.
Suddenly the plain meaning seems tricky in certain circumstances. Though we should remember that proverbs are generalized statements, but perhaps there is a deeper meaning.
In Romans 1, Paul tells us:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse
What all of this is saying is that God has given us the ability to see what is going on around us – to discern what is right, what is wrong, and that God is real and in control.
God has revealed His truth throughout Creation and especially in His Son, Jesus Christ.
He has “lighteneth” all of our eyes, allowed us to see what is plain. He has enlightened us.
What are we doing with this knowledge? What are we doing with this sight?
Lord, open our hearts to what our eyes can see. Help us to accept the truth that is evident. Help us to trust and believe You.