Proverbs 24:11-12

11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Proverbs 24:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
ESV
11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
NLT
11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death.
MSG
11 Rescue the perishing; don't hesitate to step in and help.
CSB
11 Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.

Proverbs 24:11-12 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 12

This chapter relates Rehoboam's going to Shechem to be made king, and Jeroboam's return from Egypt, 1Ki 12:1,2, the people's request to Rehoboam to be eased of their taxes, as the condition of making him king, 1Ki 12:3,4, his answer to them, after three days, having had the advice both of the old and young men, which latter he followed, and gave in a rough answer, 1Ki 12:5-15, upon which ten tribes revolted from him, and two abode by him, 1Ki 12:16-20, wherefore he meditated a war against the ten tribes, but was forbid by the Lord to engage in it, 1Ki 12:21-24 and Jeroboam, in order to establish his kingdom, and preserve the people from a revolt to the house of David, because of the temple worship at Jerusalem, devised a scheme of idolatrous worship in his own territories, 1Ki 12:25-33.

Proverbs 24:11-12 In-Context

9 The schemes of folly are sin, and people detest a mocker.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Psalms 82:4; Isaiah 58:6-7
  • 2. S Psalms 139:2; Proverbs 21:2
  • 3. S 1 Samuel 2:3
  • 4. S Psalms 54:5
  • 5. Job 34:11; Psalms 62:12; S Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6*
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