Proverbs 10:2 reads: Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.” It is tempting to look at this (and most of the proverbs) in each part separately. However, this one (as many are) is to be taken as a whole. The theme is value. Obviously, everyone dies and even the righteous can be put to death by the unrighteous. Since this is from the Word of God, we must realize God is speaking about eternity. Many people sin in trying to obtain what they crave that they think will make life good or at least better. Some find this unsatisfying while others may find satisfaction. The end result is severe disappointment because such behavior secures eternal death (what the Bible calls “the second death.”) Only a right relationship with God (righteousness) can secure eternal life with God (being saved from the second death). Being righteous does not mean being perfect but it does mean trusting God’s word and living according to it the best we can, trusting Him.