Proverbs 11:3

3 1The integrity of the upright guides them, 2but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

Proverbs 11:3 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 11:3

The integrity of the upright shall guide them
The Spirit of God is the best guide of an upright man; he leads into all truth, and unto the land of uprightness, and continues to be a guide, even unto death; and it is right to walk after him, and not after the flesh: and besides him, the upright man has the word of God as a lamp to his feet, and a light to his paths, which he does well to take heed to; and next to that is the sincerity and uprightness of his heart, which will not suffer him, knowingly and willingly, to go aside into crooked paths, or to do amiss: integrity of heart and innocency of hand go together; such are the followers of the Lamb, as described, ( Revelation 14:4 Revelation 14:5 ) ; see ( Psalms 25:21 ) ; but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them;
the perverse ways, words, and actions of such as transgress the law of God, deal treacherously with God and men, as the word F5 signifies, shall be their ruin: the perverse doctrines and worship of the man of sin, and his followers, shall bring destruction upon them, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:4 2 Thessalonians 2:8 2 Thessalonians 2:12 ) . The word for "perverseness" is only used here and in ( Proverbs 15:4 ) ; and there plainly signifies the perverseness of the tongue or speech, and so may have respect to corrupt doctrine.


F5 (Mydgb) "perfidosorum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "perfidorum", Cocceius, Michaelis.

Proverbs 11:3 In-Context

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.

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