Proverbs 11:26-12:4

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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.

26 He that withholdeth corn (i.e. grain - Why would he withhold grain? to force up the price of it.), the people shall curse him (because he won't sell it to them when they need it): but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it (Selling his grain rather than hoarding it will be a blessing to others - Bible Knowledge Commentary).

27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth (i.e. seeks, desires, finds) favour (i.e. pleasure, delight, good will): but he that seeketh mischief (trouble, evil), it shall come unto him. (He will find it.)

28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall (because he is trusting in the wrong thing): but the righteous (i.e. the one who is trusting in the Lord) shall flourish as a branch (i.e. a leaf).

29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind (i.e. nothing - He is foolish.): and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart (i.e. the wisehearted).

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life (i.e. a source of life or a life-giving tree); and he that winneth souls is wise. (A righteous person attracts others to wisdom or to salvation by his righteous life, not just by the words he speaks. He attracts others to the Lord and, thereby, to wisdom. Much emphasis has been placed on he that winneth souls is wise by some. It is sometimes implied, As long as he's winning souls, whatever he does is OK. This verse is saying that the way to win souls is to be righteous. The fruit comes naturally.

31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed (i.e. rewarded) in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner (will likewise be recompensed or rewarded).

Proverbs 12

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

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

10:1 - 22:16 - This central portion of the book contains 375 of Solomon's proverbs. These proverbs are general principles and guidelines that may have exceptions. . . . They are true as general rules." - Ryrie Study Bible

1 Whoso loveth instruction (training by word or deed, discipline, correction - he willingly accepts discipline or correction) loveth (i.e. desires) knowledge: but he that hateth (i.e. rejects or despises) reproof (i.e. correction - he resents being corrected or told he is wrong) is brutish (i.e. stupid) (He is unteachable).

2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices (i.e. a man who is crafty, a man who devises wicked things, a man of wicked intentions, a man of evil designs, a man of mischievous devices) will he (i.e. the LORD) condemn (i.e. declare guilty).

3 A man shall not be established stable, secure, enduring) by wickedness: but the root (involving firmness and permanence) of the righteous shall not be moved (overthrown or shaken - because his root is anchored in God).

4 A virtuous woman (a wife of noble and upright character, an excellent wife) is a crown to her husband (her character makes him proud and glad that she is his wife): but she that maketh ashamed (i.e. puts him to shame, disgraces him) is as rottenness (i.e. decay) in his bones (he is no longer able to stand tall and proud of his wife. He is embarrassed and pained by her. "She is a real let down to him as if his bones had rotted away" - Believers Bible Commentary).