A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<strong>”Proverbs of Solomon III,” Proverbs 11:1) A False balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is His delight (a perfect stone). 2) When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Daniel 4:30. 3) The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. 4) Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. Genesis 7:1. 5) The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way (rectify, or put right): but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. 6) The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. 1Timothy 4:8. 7) When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. 8) The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. 9) An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. Job 8:13. 10) When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish there is shouting. Esther 8:15. 11) By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. 12) He that is void of wisdom (destitute of heart) despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13) A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 14) Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. 15) He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. 16) A gracious woman retaineth honour and strong men retain riches. 17) The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Dealing fairly with one another is an outgrowth of the command to love one another as thyself (Leviticus 19:18). That is why false balances are an abomination to God. v2, Pride comes from a root that means “to boil up”; it refers to raging arrogance or insolence. v15, 16. These two proverbs balance each other. The first warns against rashly giving surety or a pledge for a stranger. The second praises generosity. v17, The pursuit of righteousness is a matter of life or death.
Quest Bible Study – v4, Day of wrath? The day of judgment, when the consequences for actions finally are realized. Money won’t help pay off spiritual debts on that day. v10-11, Does God actually bless entire cities? As just, honest and compassionate people gain influence in a community, the morality of public life is raised, as well as the quality of life for the citizens. Blessings are the result of good influences, just as curses are consequences of wrong actions (v3:33).</em>