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”

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 11:5-6

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. The preservation of the righteous and the destruction of the wicked is a common theme within the proverbs. As IContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:5-6”

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”

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”

Considering Proverbs 10:31-32

31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness. Froward is a strange, archaic word. I’ve looked this word up using online Strong’s concordances and through Google searches. Sometimes that’s helpfulContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:31-32”

Considering Proverbs 10:30

30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. When reading passages about “the righteous” and “the wicked,” it makes me thankful for the sacrifice of Jesus and the work He does in us. We are all “the wicked.” That’s why we need Him. Without Him, there is nothing butContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:30”

Considering Proverbs 10:29

29 The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. I don’t know if I’m reading this correctly, but this seems to say that the way of the Lord brings strength to the upright and destruction to the wicked. This is true, whether I am misreading the proverbContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:29”