Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 11 – 20170414

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Proverbs 11:1  “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD…”
Scales for weighing products for which a person paid or received money.  Would have also been for weighing out payment when coins weren’t used.  Even today in some markets where people buy meat or vegetables based on weight.  Don’t cheat your neighbor.  Abomination is a strong word.  No question how God feels about it.

4  “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath…”
Riches will make no difference for salvation.  Besides, it should be obvious by now that everyone leaves all their earthly wealth when they die regardless of the amount.  Old adage:  how much did he leave, he left it all.

7  “…the hope of the unjust perishes”
Contrast with the death of the righteous who’s hope lies after death.  Death is just the completion of the mess we’re in here.  For those in Christ, it means final freedom from our sin and its symptoms.

11  “By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted…”
Always found it interesting that the wicked never appreciate their good fortune which is produced by righteous leadership.  They are constantly trying to return to their wicked ways even though they are much better off when righteousness rules.  Wickedness is selfish, righteousness is generous.

13  “…he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter”
A gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell.  Keeping someone’s indiscretions, accidents, or possibly embarrassing information secret shows love and concern for the person.

14  “Where there is no counsel, the people fall…”
There is wisdom in asking for advice.  No one can see all facets at the same time.

15  “He who is surety for a stranger will suffer…”
Not just for a stranger.  I’ve always been burned by using unsecured credit.  Even some that was.  Much better to save and then buy.

17  “The merciful man does good for his own soul…”
Always value in showing kindness to others, but without Christ there is no profit.  As Christ said, what does it profit to gain the whole world and lose the soul.

22  “As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.”
Such a waste.  Remember the first time I heard a young lady I considered pretty use foul language.  I know we make mistakes, but she suddenly didn’t appear as lovely as before.

25  “The generous soul will be made rich…”
Not a promise of financial wealth, but a point of wisdom.  Generosity reflects the heart of God who gives to all freely without partiality or merit.  Total grace.  I admit, I don’t understand fully verses such as 24 through 26.  Or Malachi 3:10.  Have heard many try to explain them away, but the statements are pretty specific.  Not sure what the complete meaning is, but I know they are true.  Just have to trust God and keep searching.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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