Summary: This is a look at Proverbs chapter eleven.
Pearls From Proverbs – Chapter Eleven
We will now look at Proverbs chapter eleven:
THE RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED COMPARED
1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight. Proverbs 11:1 (NASB)
God always expects His people to be honest in their dealings. How many of you would get upset if you went to the store and bought a pound of flour and yet you were charged for a pound and half. I know that I would! I should get what I pay for – I expect the scales it be right. God delights in honesty.
2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 (NASB)
Be careful where your pride lies. If you think you are humble – chances are – you are not. Remember – pride comes before the fall. Seek the humble place for there is much honor there. An old saying says: “Lowly souls become full of wisdom as the low place becomes full of water.”
3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them. Proverbs 11:3 (NASB)
The contrast of the upright and the treacherous is great. Never the two shall meet – for they go in opposite directions.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4 (NASB)
It has been said that there is no U-Haul attached to a Hearse. You can not take your wealth with you when you die – money will not buy you into heaven. In fact Jesus warns many times about putting wealth before godliness. Here is another warning. Seek righteousness for it delivers from death – eternal death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. Proverbs 11:5 (NASB)
The road of the wicked is full of potholes. The road of the righteous is smooth.
6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed. Proverbs 11:6 (NASB)
Greed is a powerful emotion. In trying to gain much by greed – many times all is lost.
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes. Proverbs 11:7 (NASB)
Hope is a powerful incentive. A person without hope will perish. Eternal life is reserved for those who know Christ. Eternal death is reserved for those who do not know Him. With death the wicked will perish – forever.
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place. Proverbs 11:8 (NASB)
The contrasting two paths in life are intended to be applied universally to all people in all circumstances. God's people are not excluded from problems or struggles. If a person follows God's wisdom, however, God can rescue them from trouble. But a wicked person will fall into their own traps. Even if good people suffer, they can be sure they will ultimately be rescued from eternal death. In this is our hope.
9 With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. Proverbs 11:9 (NASB)