Proverbs: Chapter Eleven

Ok, this is going to be super coppy…literally. I printed out this chapter and cut out each verse. Reading through each one, I grouped them all together.  I did the best I could to separate them into groupings that made the most sense, there’s really no good way to start so we’ll see how that turns out…

Proverbs of Solomon: Continued…

Group One: v.9-14

I figured I would start here since this is the only grouping I was able to make from one set of continual verses. These all revolve around either the use of the tongue or about leadership. You can look at these in pairs {9-10, 11-12, and 13-14}. Verses 9-10, give us a clear picture of how the wicked man and a righteous are viewed in the city. The godless goes around tearing down his neighbor with his words and actions, when he dies the city rejoices! They do not see his death as a loss, but an opportunity to celebrate. The righteous however are able to avoid the schemes of the wicked and when they prosper, the whole town prospers with them, giving them another reason to rejoice! The next two verses repeat the same message, that a town can be destroyed by the work of the wicked, but the righteous will once again bring prosperity {Think about the movie Walking Talk, excellent example. The righteous come in and reclaims the town from the wicked.}  The last two verses turn a simple gossiper into a big problem. Gossip is never a good thing, but when a gossip is in a place of leadership it can bring down a nation. This brings to mind Jesus’ words in Luke 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” If a person can’t be trusted to keep something small secret…they are likely to reveal a big secret as well…A good leader needs to have trustworthy advisers or the nation will fall.

Group Two: v.2, 15-17, and 22

This is a bit of a hodge-podge of verses. Verse 2 refers to pride bringing a person disgrace whole being humble will bring wisdom. This makes sense, because a person full of pride can put themselves up as a bit of a know-it-all who doesn’t need to listen or learn, while a humble person is willing to learn more even if they already “know.” There’s always more to learn! You can read the same Bible stories over and over, but because His Word is alive an active, it may mean something different to you as a teenager, verses an adult with more life experiences.  Verse 15 brings us back to something we talked about in the beginning of Chapter Six. I like what Solomon has to say in verse 16 about respect verses wealth. Respect will last a lifetime for those who earn it, while wealth can last for a year, or just a day. Respect sticks with your name even after you die, but wealth can only stay behind…you cannot make use of it anymore. Verse 22 makes me laugh, I can’t help but picture a pig covered in mud and yuck sporting a beautiful gold nose-ring. A woman who casts off modesty and fidelity is like a woman rolling in filth {not a pretty picture}. It makes me sad too.

Group Three: v.3, 5-8, 19-21, 23, and 29-31

This grouping focuses on the path of the righteous and the wicked and how they end up. I think this portion can be summed up using verse 7 and 21. Seven reminds us that no matter how hard the wicked tries to maintain their power over others, whether that is in the form of a place of authority and power, surpassing others through material or financial gain, or through prestige, it will all come to nothing. Once they have died, everything they have worked for will be gone, they cannot take it with them…no matter how hard they may try. Twenty-one and thirty-one both go on to tell us that the wicked will NOT go unpunished. Either they will reap the destruction they have sown here on earth or they will have to face God’s judgement as we mentioned before in Chapter Ten. Of course, I can’t help but be reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-20 about storing up treasures in heaven.

Group Four: v.1, 4, 18, and 24-31

These verses all rotate around money. {Looking back, verse 15 probably could have fit in here too.} My favorite verse from this section has to be v.4, “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” This seems to be a common theme, this idea that what the wicked runs after will be taken away, it cannot be taken into heaven. But this verse has more than a, “You can’t take that with you,” sentiment. This verse is really telling you that your wealth will not earn you a place in heaven and an escape from hell. Righteousness is the only way into heaven…the problem is NONE of us are righteous of our own accord, but thanks be to God that He covers us with the righteousness that comes from the shedding of His Son’s blood {Isaiah 61:10}. It is by His righteousness covering our sin that we are able to receive the gift of eternal life. These last verses focus on having a generous heart. Since wealth cannot be taken with us, we need to put it to good use here on earth. I love the attitude found in v.24, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” I cannot tell you how many times I have decided to give, only to discover that I have gained even more in return. No that doesn’t mean I end up with more money, but I have discovered the things I can live without and have been filled with satisfaction knowing that I have done a good thing…even if no thanks are ever given in return, if they give their thanks to God, that’s all that matters to me! This can also relate to more than just money. Not withholding your time, talents, gifts, prayers, or anything else you have to offer. Giving refreshes my soul, just like it says in v.25. My husband wasn’t always a faithful tither and he would end up over-drafting his account time and time again. Since he started giving the Lord His first fruits…no over-drafting. It’s not that we’ve brought in more money, but God has filled in the gap where it’s been needed and we’ve gone without where it hasn’t been necessary.

Father, there is just so much meat here! So much to learn from Your Word! Please allow these lessons to penetrate deep into our hearts that we may in turn return them to You in praise! Amen.

One more chapter down y’all, but don’t let this turn into a check list of things to do each day! Let His Words sink in deep! I would love to hear how Chapter 11 has pierced your own heart, feel free to share with a comment below!

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