Proverbs 11, like a lot of the proverbial chapters, covers a wide range of topics – it can seem scattered until you step set back and see the big picture it makes. Here are a few thoughts from this great chapter. You can click the link and then switch back and forth for the “commentary.”
Verse 1: Does God take our integrity seriously when it comes to business? No amount of skimming off of the top will ever change how low it will bring you spiritually!
Verse 4: There are always certain things that money can’t buy: love, true friends, peace…and a way of escape when the judgment comes!
Verse 7: Hopes in this world only float so high; as a matter of fact in the end they sink! Hope in God on the other hand will carry one all the way to Heaven.
Verse 11: A society is blessed when it has upright people who fill the census. Take away uprightness/righteous living from a society and you take away the underpinnings of its prosperity. Has anyone felt a national tremor lately???
Verse 13: How can you trust a person with your secret when they’re blabbing others’ to you? Maybe we should keep that in mind today at work!
Verse 17: This is one of my favorite verses in Proverbs because, although it’s a theme throughout the Bible, it’s one of those jewels that’s unique to the book. So why show mercy? Because it feels good? Or because it does good? Think of Matthew 5:7 and 6:14-15 before you answer!
Verse 18: The BBE says it like this: “The sinner gets the payment of deceit; but his reward is certain who puts in the seed of righteousness.” Earthly riches, especially those that are ill-gotten gain, are just an illusion. It’s the biggest economic bubble a person can have in their personal life…and we know what happens to all bubbles don’t we?
Verse 22: Solomon had a way with words didn’t he? One sure way to reveal the true beauty of a woman is to look at true behaviors! Pretty is as pretty does is an old reliable saying after all.
Verses 24-25: We get from the Lord as we give to the Lord. This principle is repeated/quoted/expounded upon by Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.
Verse 27: Ever heard the saying, “You’ll find what you’re looking for”? So had Solomon!
Verse 29: A husband (or father) who strives to be a man will strive to bless his own house. Notice the Bible doesn’t say “please his own house” but that it says bless with righteous behavior and leadership.
Verse 30: Reminds me of the song “A Soul Winner for Jesus.”