Considering Proverbs 11:18

18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. Sin is deceitful because it often promises some semblance of good or enjoyment in the short-term, but there is no real substance to be gained from sin. However, when we do well, we can expect lasting gain. ThisContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:18”

Considering Proverbs 11:17

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. We can think of examples of this proverb within our society today. There are many cruel ideas and cruel people in the world who are quick to cast blame at others, falsely accuse others, and push forContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:17”

Considering Proverbs 11:16

A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches. This proverb speaks strongly to the culture of our nation. Or rather, the opposite of this proverb. An ungracious woman is dishonored: and weak men are impoverished. It seems to me that our nation is full of ungracious women and weak men, so it isContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:16”

Considering Proverbs 11:15

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. The language here is challenging. What is this saying? I think the proverb is saying something like this: He that strikes a deal with a stranger will regret it and he that refuses alliances is secure. IfContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:15”

Considering Proverbs 11:14

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. It is encouraging to see people ban together against tyranny and evil forces in the world. As Christians, standing strong with one another in Christ is something we are good at. Jesus, in His remarkable wisdom and perfect will,Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:14”

Considering Proverbs 11:13

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Several ideas come to mind for me when I read this proverb. The first is perhaps the most obvious. When someone entrusts a person with confidential information, a faithful person will keep the information hidden while an unfaithful person willContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:13”

Considering Proverbs 11:12

He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. If there is one thing we have in abundance these days, it is the tendency towards despising our neighbor. It is easy to despise things that we do not understand. It is easy to despise people who sinContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:12”

Considering Proverbs 11:10-11

10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. It is generally true that people of a city or nation are glad when things go wellContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:10-11”

Considering Proverbs 11:9

An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. When we think of the word, “hypocrite” in English, we think of a person who says one thing but does another. Here, this word is translated from “chaneph,” which means a profane or godless person. The wicked love toContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:9”

Considering Proverbs 11:8

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.                        If I’m reading this correctly, this proverb states that the righteous are saved from trouble and the wicked take their place. There are stories we might think of, like the time when Haman was hung in gallows that he had preparedContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:8”