Proverbs 11:28

Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trusts in his righteousness will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A28&version=ESV]   Many men trust in their own righteousness. They say that they do good works for the poor, that they have never been rude, and that no man can hold anything they’ve done against them. These…

Proverbs 11:27

Proverbs 11:27 ESV Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A27&version=ESV]   In searching for God, man not only fulfills his duty but brings himself much benefit. When he searches for trouble, though, he will find it. He will not usually like the results of finding it.…

Proverbs 11:26

Proverbs 11:26 ESV The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A26&version=ESV] Not every verse in Proverbs is a moral admonition. Some, like this verse, are intended to teach the read about the way the world really works. After all, just as a…

Proverbs 11:25

Proverbs 11:25 ESV Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+11%3A25&version=ESV] This verse continues the theme of the last (LINK): the man who blesses another will be blessed by the Lord. The focus of verse 25, however, is on the spiritual as much as the physical. The most…

Proverbs 11:25

Proverbs 11:25 ESV Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A25&version=ESV]   This verse continues the theme of the last (LINK): the man who blesses another will be blessed by the Lord. The focus of verse 25, however, is on the spiritual as much as the physical. The…

Proverbs 11:24

Proverbs 11:24 ESV One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A24&version=ESV] Charity as a business strategy seems counterintuitive; why would giving away what you have produce prosperity? Surely charity is a goal you can pursue only with the bit of your income that’s left…

Proverbs 11:23

Proverbs 11:23 ESV The desire of the righteous ends only in good, the expectation of the wicked in wrath. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A23&version=ESV]   At first blush this verse seems to teach ideas many would rightly consider heresy, ideas like “anything a Christian wants is good” and “God gives Christian what they want all the time, every time”.…

Proverbs 11:22

Proverbs 11:22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A22&version=ESV]   One consistent theme of Proverbs is the superiority of wisdom to the carnal pleasures which so often overshadow it. A gold ring is beautiful and precious, without a doubt, and likewise a woman may be beautiful and…

Proverbs 11:21

Proverbs 11:21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A21&version=ESV] Nowadays, generational security is an endeavor constantly on the edge of toppling under the pressure of economic trouble, political turmoil, and the difficulties of everyday life. God offers a better alternative: He promises to…

Proverbs 11:20

Proverbs 11:20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blameless ways are his delight. [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+11%3A20&version=ESV] That God takes delight in goodness and in beauty should be evident from a simple glance at the natural world or at your family. Sure, there are imperfections and cracks in the beauty, but…