Proverbs 11

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1 1A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, 2but a just weight is his delight.
2 3When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with 4the humble is wisdom.
3 5The integrity of the upright guides them, 6but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4 7Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, 8but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless 9keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
6 10The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous 11are taken captive by their lust.
7 When the wicked dies, his 12hope will perish, and 13the expectation of wealth[a] perishes too.
8 14The 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 15When 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 16by the mouth of the wicked 17it is overthrown.
12 Whoever 18belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever 19goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is 20no guidance, a people falls, 21but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 22Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
16 23A gracious woman gets honor, and 24violent men get riches.
17 25A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who 26sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness 27will live, but 28he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of 29crooked heart are 30an abomination to the LORD, but those of 31blameless ways are 32his delight.
21 33Be assured, 34an evil person will not go unpunished, but 35the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like 36a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good; 37the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 38One gives 39freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 40Whoever brings blessing 41will be enriched, and 42one who waters will himself be watered.
26 43The people curse him who holds back grain, but 44a blessing is on the head of him who 45sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,[b] but evil comes to 46him who searches for it.
28 Whoever 47trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will 48flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever 49troubles his own household will 50inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is 51a tree of life, and whoever 52captures souls is wise.
31 If 53the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!

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Proverbs 11 Commentary

Chapter 11

Verse 1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. Verse 2 . Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. Verse 3 . An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. Verse 4 . ( proverbs 11:5-6 ) The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. Verse 7 . When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. Verse 8 . The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. Verse 9 . Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of ( proverbs 11:10-11 ) down. Verse 12 . A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. Verse 13 . A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. Verse 14 . We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. Verse 15 . The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. Verse 16 . A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. Verse 17 . A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. Verse 18 . He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. Verse 19 . True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. Verse 20 . Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. Verse 21 . Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. Verse 22 . Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. Verse 23 . The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. Verse 24 . A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. Verse 25 . Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. Verse 26 . We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. Verse 27 . Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves. Verse 28 . The true believer is a branch of the living Vine. When those that take root in the world wither, those who are grafted into Christ shall be fruitful. Verse 29 . He that brings trouble upon himself and his family, by carelessness, or by wickedness, shall be unable to keep and enjoy what he gets, as a man is unable to hold the wind, or to satisfy himself with it. Verse 30 . The righteous are as trees of life; and their influence upon earth, like the fruits of that tree, support and nourish the spiritual life in many. Verse 31 . Even the righteous, when they offend on earth, shall meet with sharp corrections; much more will the wicked meet the due reward of their sins. Let us then seek those blessings which our Surety purchased by his sufferings and death; let us seek to copy his example, and to keep his commandments.

Cross References 53

  • 1. Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:10, 23; See Leviticus 19:35, 36
  • 2. [Proverbs 12:22]
  • 3. Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 18:12; Proverbs 29:23; [Daniel 4:30, 31]
  • 4. Micah 6:8
  • 5. Proverbs 13:6
  • 6. Proverbs 19:3
  • 7. Zephaniah 1:18; See Proverbs 10:2
  • 8. [Genesis 7:1]
  • 9. Proverbs 3:6
  • 10. [See ver. 4 above]
  • 11. See Psalms 7:15, 16
  • 12. Proverbs 10:28
  • 13. See Job 8:13, 14
  • 14. ver. 6; [Proverbs 21:18]
  • 15. [Proverbs 28:12; Esther 8:15]
  • 16. Psalms 10:7
  • 17. [Proverbs 14:1; Proverbs 29:8]
  • 18. Proverbs 14:21; [Matthew 7:1]
  • 19. Proverbs 20:19; Leviticus 19:16
  • 20. Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 20:18; Proverbs 24:6
  • 21. Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 20:18; Proverbs 24:6
  • 22. [Proverbs 6:1; Job 17:3]
  • 23. [Proverbs 31:30]
  • 24. [Luke 11:21]
  • 25. [Matthew 5:7]; See Matthew 25:34-40
  • 26. Hosea 10:12; Galatians 6:8, 9; [James 3:18]
  • 27. Proverbs 10:16; Proverbs 19:23
  • 28. [Romans 6:23; Galatians 6:8]
  • 29. [Proverbs 17:20]
  • 30. Proverbs 12:22; Proverbs 16:5
  • 31. Proverbs 13:6; Psalms 119:1
  • 32. 1 Chronicles 29:17
  • 33. Proverbs 16:5
  • 34. Proverbs 12:7; [Psalms 37:2, 9]; See Isaiah 28:15-18
  • 35. See Psalms 112:2
  • 36. [Genesis 24:47; Isaiah 3:21; Ezekiel 16:12]
  • 37. Romans 2:8, 9
  • 38. Proverbs 13:7
  • 39. Psalms 37:21; Psalms 112:9; [Proverbs 19:17]
  • 40. See 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
  • 41. Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 28:25
  • 42. [Matthew 7:2]
  • 43. Proverbs 24:24
  • 44. [Job 29:13]
  • 45. [Genesis 42:6]
  • 46. See Psalms 7:16
  • 47. See Psalms 49:6
  • 48. Jeremiah 17:8; See Psalms 92:12
  • 49. Proverbs 15:27
  • 50. [Ecclesiastes 5:16]
  • 51. See Proverbs 3:18
  • 52. Daniel 12:3; James 5:20; See 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
  • 53. [Jeremiah 25:29; 1 Peter 4:18]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or of his strength, or of iniquity
  • [b]. Or acceptance

Proverbs 11 Commentaries

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