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 11:15

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 11:10-11

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 11:7

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. The wording of this is a little strange. We might say that when a wicked many dies, his hopes die with him. When he dies, the hope that others had in him also perishes. For example, a wicked leaderContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:7”

Considering Proverbs 11:4

Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. I think of a passage in Isaiah 2 that says, “in that day they will cast their idols of silver and their idols of gold which they made everyone for himself to worship to the moles and to the bats; to goContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:4”

Considering Proverbs 11:3

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. The upright are guided by their integrity. The transgressors are destroyed by their perverseness. These sorts of contrasting proverbs are interesting because as a Christian, I know that we are all sinners. I know what it is like toContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:3”

Murder as Defined by Jesus: Part 2

21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to hisContinue reading “Murder as Defined by Jesus: Part 2”

Considering Proverbs 11:2

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. This reminds me of something Jesus said. “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.” In Matthew Chapter 11,Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:2”

Considering Proverbs 11:1

A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. What is a false balance, and why is this an abomination to the Lord? Let’s say someone is selling a product by pound. You buy a pound at the agreed upon price, but unbeknownst to you, the seller gave you slightlyContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:1”

Murder As Defined By Jesus: Part 1

21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to hisContinue reading “Murder As Defined By Jesus: Part 1”