Happy Saturday, we are looking at Proverbs 11 today.
Proverbs 11:1-31 (1) A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight. (2) When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. (3) The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. (4) Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (5) The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness. (6) The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust. (7) When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation of wealth perishes too. (8) The righteous is delivered from trouble, and the wicked walks into it instead. (9) With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered. (10) When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness. (11) By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown. (12) Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. (13) Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered. (14) Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (15) Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure. (16) A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches. (17) A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. (18) The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. (19) Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die. (20) Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight. (21) Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered. (22) Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. (23) The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath. (24) One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. (25) Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. (26) The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it. (27) Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it. (28) Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. (29) Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. (30) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise. (31) If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
A few highlights from chapter 11:
Righteousness contrasted to wickedness. Go back and look at all the times righteousness is compared to wickedness. Those terms fill this chapter. It might help you to take paper and write down two columns to see a side by side comparison of the righteous and the wicked.
Giving, generosity, money – In chapter 11 we see another warning about putting up security for a stranger (vs. 15). We also can learn here in chapter 11 that God really cares about us being honest in business practices (vs. 1). Also, Solomon says that the more generous you are, the more blessings God heaps upon you (vs. 24-26).
How we talk (or don’t talk) – We can tear down and destroy with our mouths (vs. 9,11). There are times to be silent, such as when we shouldn’t be spreading information that was to remain a secret (vs. 13), or when we would like to pick on someone else and run them down (vs. 12). But there is a time to talk, such as being a wise counselor to others (vs. 14).
Two of my favorite verses here in chapter 11 – A gracious woman gets honor, even if she doesn’t have a lot of money (vs. 16). There are violent and deceptive people who get money, but they have no honor. The other favorite is verse 22 about a pig with a fancy gold nose ring. What a waste! The same goes with a drop-dead gorgeous woman who doesn’t have wisdom. It’s like putting jewelry on hogs.