Proverbs 11:1-Today we go to the market and purchase prepackaged items…generally with printed currency. In Solomon’s day, the seller would weigh out the amount that you were buying on a scale and might also weigh the amount of your payment if it was in grain, gold, or silver. There were numerous deceptive ways that the scale could be manipulated so that it would benefit the seller without the buyer being aware. Solomon says that God is aware of these things. He deplores a “false (deceitful, treacherous) balance (scale)”…and a “just (this word actually comes from the Hebrew word “shalom”…which means full, complete, perfect…that which is peaceful) weight (an object of a standard heaviness used as a measurement)” is a delight.
Proverbs 11:2-Pride results in “dishonor” (shame, disgrace, confusion) because it is an act of disobedience to what God has said. Humility is an act of submission to what God has determined.
Proverbs 11:3-The word “integrity” speaks of that which is complete, full, innocent…meaning that everything is apparent, there is nothing hidden, or deceptive. The word “falseness” literally means “smooth, slippery”…you can never quite get a grip on it so that you can determine exactly what it is. The word “treacherous” comes from a root word that means “to cover”…you cannot get a good look at it, it is unclear, you are being deceived that you are seeing one thing when in reality it is something else. Notice that Solomon says that “integrity” keeps a person going in the right direction…but the “treacherous” person is leading to his own destruction. We cannot blame other people for what happens to us.
Proverbs 11:4-When we stand in judgment before God, He’s not going to ask how much money we have…but, what kind of a life we have lived.
Proverbs 11:5-Our present actions will largely determine our future options.
Proverbs 11:6-Our own actions will testify for, or against us.
Proverbs 11:7-When we stand before God in judgment…neither the deceitfulness, nor the overwhelming strength, that made us what we are on earth…will have any affect on Him.
Proverbs 11:8-God will help the righteous during times of trouble…but the wicked is on his own.
Proverbs 11:9-The word “godless” means, “hypocritical, profane, irreligious”…this is a person who denies God. Having no value for God, he thus has no value for other people and has no qualms in speaking evil against them. But the righteous man (the one who follows God) is thoughtful about what he says about other people.
Proverbs 11:10-A community is blessed when there are people who honor God that live in its midst. It is also blessed when those who don’t honor God die.
Proverbs 11:11-People who follow God speak well of the city they dwell in and this gives it a good name. But wicked people are constantly critical of the city that they live in and this gives it a bad name.
Proverbs 11:12-A man who “despises” (to show no respect, to constantly condemn) his neighbor doesn’t understand the damage he is doing by his continuous criticism. But a man of “understanding” knows when to keep his mouth shut…he isn’t constantly criticizing other people, even if he disagrees with them.
Proverbs 11:13-Some people just love to spread juicy gossip…in doing so, they are revealing things that were meant to be kept private…usually so that they will be the center of attention. But a “trustworthy” person has the moral fiber to keep something secret…even when it might bring some attention to himself.
Proverbs 11:14-There is a great benefit to having wise people as friends who can give good counsel and advice.
Proverbs 11:15-It is dangerous to make yourself a co-signer for a debt for someone that you don’t know.
Proverbs 11:16-It is better to have “honor” (a positive reputation, dignity) that results from treating people courteously, than wealth that results from treating people harshly.
Proverbs 11:17-A person who gives mercy to others, will generally be given mercy by others. The opposite is also true. A person who is cruel to others, will generally be treated cruelly by others.
Proverbs 11:18-A wicked person will never be satisfied with what he gets as a result of his wickedness. But a righteous person will be more than satisfied with the product of his behavior.
Proverbs 11:19-The behavior of both the righteous and the evil will determine their own eternal destiny.
Proverbs 11:20-God delights in those who are “blameless in their walk” (consistently in keeping with His will). But the “perverse (twisted, distorted, crooked) in heart” are an “abomination” (disgusting) to Him.
Proverbs 11:21-There is no escaping God’s judgment.
Proverbs 11:22-The most vicious pig can be easily led about by a ring that is inserted into his nose. In a similar way, a man can be led about by a woman who “lacks discretion” (she uses her sexuality to be a means to get what she wants).
Proverbs 11:23-Righteous living will bring about good…but wicked living will result in harm.
Proverbs 11:24-The picture here is of a farmer with seed. The seed represents good deeds, helping other people. The farmer knows that if he “scatters” (plants) his seed he will receive back much more than what he had before because it will produce a whole new crop. But, if he refuses to plant his seed…eventually, even that seed will rot in the barn. So it is with people. If we help others with the resources that we have…help will come our way when we need it. But if we horde our resources for ourself and refuse to help others…then we will lose the very things that we have tried to hold on to.
Proverbs 11:25-Helping other people when they are in need holds promise to others helping us when we are in need.
Proverbs 11:26-If we have an opportunity to help other people and don’t do it…they will know and will hold us in contempt. But, if we do help them, then they will also know and will speak well of us.
Proverbs 11:27-It is true of both good and evil actions…whichever you choose to practice…you cannot do so without having its consequences come back into your own life.
Proverbs 11:28-There is nothing inherently wrong with money…even riches and wealth. But, realize that money is unstable and can be easily lost. Don’t depend on it to bring you happiness. If you do…when it is gone, your happiness will be gone, as well. Instead, live a life of righteousness that leads to a full and blessed life…because it will continue no matter how the circumstances may change.
Proverbs 11:29-Don’t stir up trouble in your home. There will be consequences that are beyond your control.
Proverbs 11:30-When you live a righteous live you are an example to others.
Proverbs 11:31-God will judge both the righteous and the wicked and compensate them accordingly.
Proverbs 12:1-There is a value in listening to the teaching of godly people. If you ignore them, you will miss out on many important lessons that you could benefit from. And, their experience may keep you from making costly mistakes in your own life.
Proverbs 12:2-God will bless those who are obedient to Him…and, He will “condemn” (hold accountable) those who are disobedient.
Proverbs 12:3-A wicked man’s life is unstable. But a righteous man’s life is secure.
Proverbs 12:4-The word “excellent” comes from a Hebrew word that means “strong, capable”…and is translated in the Old Testament (KJV) as “army” (56 times), and “man of valor” (36 times). An “excellent” wife is one who is strong, trustworthy, dependable. A man is greatly blessed who has such a wife, as this. But a man who has a wife who “shames” him…will be affected in every area of his life. The word “shame” comes from a root word that means to go “pale”…as when a person blushes. It speaks of a behavior that causes someone to be ashamed and disappointed.
Proverbs 12:5-You can trust the advice of a righteous man because he will not lead you wrong. However, beware of the advice of wicked man…his advice may be for his own benefit.
Proverbs 12:6-A wicked man will use you for his own gain. But a good man will give you advice that is for your benefit.
Proverbs 12:7-Eventually, the wicked will lose, and the righteous will win.
Proverbs 12:8-People have respect for those who give good advice…but despise those who are only in it for themselves.
Proverbs 12:9-It is better to be lesser known, but to be productive. Than to be well known but have nothing to show for it.
Proverbs 12:10-A righteous person will be righteous in every area of his life…not just in what he says. Even so, a man of wicked ideas will be wicked in the rest of his life, as well.
Proverbs 12:11-Don’t get caught up wasting your time doing things that are not productive.
Proverbs 12:12-Wicked people want to take from other people what they have. Righteous people want to produce for themselves.
Proverbs 12:13-An evil man will be caught by his own words. Eventually, the things that he says will catch up with him. But a man who speaks the truth will be justified.
Proverbs 12:14-When you say good things and do good things…good things will be the result.
Proverbs 12:15-A foolish man listens to know one…he thinks that he already knows everything. But a wise man listens to the advice of other people.
Proverbs 12:16-A foolish man does not control his anger…everyone is aware of it. But a wise man has self-control.
Proverbs 12:17-A honest person will tell the truth. But a dishonest person will try to deceive.
Proverbs 12:18-Some people don’t care how much what they say hurts other people. But a wise person uses words that are healthy and build other people up.
Proverbs 12:19-Eventually, what we say will catch up with us and we will be held accountable for what we have said.
Proverbs 12:20-Those who are evil will be deceived by their own intentions. But those who bring peace to others will experience joy from it.
Proverbs 12:21-How we treat others will determine how we are treated.
Proverbs 12:22-God despises those who lie…and delights in those who are truthful.
Proverbs 12:23-A “prudent” (thoughtful, cautious) man waits patiently before speaking. But “fools” want to be the first to jump in and speak…they want everyone to hear what they’ve got to say.
Proverbs 12:24-If we don’t assume control over our willingness to work, someone else will assume control over us.
Proverbs 12:25-Stress and worry can have negative consequences in a person’s life. But an encouraging word from someone else can provide relief.
Proverbs 12:26-A righteous man helps other people navigate their way through difficulties. But a wicked man just makes things worse.
Proverbs 12:27-A man who will not work will having nothing to eat. But “diligence” is of great value. The word “diligence” comes from a root word that means a “trench, ditch, moat”…something that keeps you within margins and provides direction. The connotation is an attitude that is decisive, determined. This person knows what he wants and refuses to be distracted by peripheral issues.
Proverbs 12:28-The righteous man is on a path to life and does not need to fear death.
Prayer: Lord, You have done so much for me. You have blessed me in such abundance. Now, help me to be a man that is a blessing to others. Don’t let me just look out for myself. But give me the insight to be aware when others are in need…and also give me the ability and resources to help them. Let my blessed life be a blessing to others.