Proverbs 10:25-11:4

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Proverbs 10

III. The Proverbs of Solomon (10:1 - 22:16)

A. Proverbs contrasting righteous and wicked living (10:1 - 15:33)

10:1 - 22:16 - The central portion of Proverbs contains 375 of Solomon's proverbs. These proverbs are general principles and guidelines that may have exceptions.

Most of the verses in chapters 10-15 are contrasts . . .; so, the second line in most of these verses begins with but.

25 As the whirlwind (windstorm, hurricane, tornado) passeth, so is the wicked no more: (These storms destroy everything in their paths and leave nothing. God's judgment is like a windstorm that will completely remove the wicked.) but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. (Nothing will remove him.)

26 As vinegar (i.e. vinegar made from wine) to the teeth (it is sour tasting), and as smoke to the eyes (What happens when you get smoke in your eyes? Smoke irritates the eyes.), so is the sluggard (a lazy person or employee) to them that send him (to do some work or to run an errand). (He will exasperate and/or frustrate those who send him to do anything.)

27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days (Godly living results in longer lives.): but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. (They die prematurely as a consequence of their wickedness.)

28 The hope (i.e. the expectation) of the righteous shall be gladness (or a source of joy): but the expectation (i.e. the hope) of the wicked shall perish. (The hopes of the wicked will not be realized.)

29 The way of the LORD (i.e. the way the LORD wants us to live our lives) is strength (i.e. a stronghold or tower of strength) to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. (Those who live sinful lives rather than living in the way the LORD wants them to live will end in destruction.)

30 The righteous shall never be removed (i.e. shaken. They will be secure in the land.): but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth (i.e. the land. It speaks of their ultimate judgment. They will be removed from the land).

31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom (A righteous individual speaks wisdom or wise things): but the froward (i.e. perverse or perverted) tongue shall be cut out. (He does not speak wisdom or wise things, but what he says will call for retribution upon himself.)

32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable (Whatever the righteous person says will be acceptable because it comes out of a heart that is right with the Lord.): but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness (i.e. perverse things or perversity - because this is what's in his heart).

Proverbs 11

III. The Proverbs of Solomon (10:1 - 22:16)

A. Proverbs contrasting righteous and wicked living (10:1 - 15:33)

10:1 - 22:16 - The central portion of the book, which contains 375 of Solomon's proverbs. These proverbs are general principles and guidelines that may have exceptions.

1 A false balance is (i.e. false or dishonest balances {or false or dishonest scales} are) abomination (repugnant, detestable, hateful) to the LORD: but a just (i.e. perfect or true) weight is his delight.

2 When pride (i.e. arrogance) cometh, then cometh shame (i.e. disgrace, dishonor): but with the lowly (i.e. humble, submissive to God and others) is wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright shall guide (or lead) them (like a shepherd): but the perverseness (i.e. crookedness, crooked dealing, falseness, or duplicity) of transgressors (the ones who act treacherously, who act deceitfully, or who deal treacherously, or of the treacherous) shall destroy them.

4 Riches (or wealth) profit not (i.e. do not benefit) in the day (i.e. time) of wrath (i.e. death - Wealth cannot buy long life. Also in eternity - people will not avoid the lake of fire by their wealth): but righteousness delivereth (i.e. saves or rescues) from death (long life is promised to those who fear the Lord. It also delivers from the second death in the lake of fire.).