Solomon was the king of Israel. He had complete authority. Israel had a court system. He was the supreme court of Israel. When he looked at the justices under him he saw wickedness. Where there should have been fair and righteous judgment and justice there was only wickedness (16).
Solomon must have been sad and outraged at the injustice of his time. His council was that God will bring judgment on all the injustice and wickedness (17). Yet he knew that not only the wicked would be judged. The righteous will also have their time before God’s judgment (18). God will listen to the account of every deed.
Social injustice is a common outcry to this day. Every generation experiences injustice. This is nothing new under the sun.
I can sit here and think of an injustice court system. However, when I do that I become a judge. In fact, when I honestly think about it I judge others often. The New Testament points out, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” (Romans 2:1–3). And it also says, “So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? (Romans 2:3).
Rather than point fingers at others, I need to point one at myself. Jesus taught, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:4, Luke 6:42)