Proverbs 11:28

28 Whoever 1trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will 2flourish like a green leaf.

Proverbs 11:28 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 11:28

He that trusteth in his riches shall fall
As leaves in autumn, which are withered and dry. To trust in riches is to trust in uncertain things; things not to be depended on, being here today and gone tomorrow; it is like leaning upon a broken staff, which giving way, the person falls: and so the fall of Babylon will be, while she is trusting in and boasting of her riches and grandeur, ( Revelation 18:7 Revelation 18:8 ) ; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch;
that abides in the tree, is alive and green, full of leaves, and laden with fruit: so the righteous are as branches in Christ, and receive life and nourishment from him, and abide in him; and bring forth fruit and flourish, like palm trees and cedars, in the house of the Lord, and grow in every grace, and in the knowledge of Christ; see ( Jeremiah 17:7 Jeremiah 17:8 ) .

Proverbs 11:28 In-Context

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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Psalms 49:6
  • 2. Jeremiah 17:8; See Psalms 92:12
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