Friday, March 11, 2011

31 Days of Wisdom - Proverbs 11

Please visit the link below if you would like to read through Proverbs 11 before continuing.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2011&version=NIV

Disclaimer: This is a personal journey of discovery for me. I am not claiming any special wisdom or exposition of my own, only sharing how 31 days of wisdom affect me and stir my spirit. I highly suggest, no matter who is speaking or sharing, that you check their words against the words of Scripture.

Proverbs 11
Be fair and honest in business. (v1)

Those who are proud will be disgraced, but those who are humble gain wisdom. (v2)

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity”. (v3)

At the end of life, money won’t matter, but righteousness will. (V4)

The righteous can walk their path without fear, but the wicked will be foiled by their own schemes. (v5-6)

Don’t place your hope in mortals or their power – they will fail you. (v7)

The Lord rescues the righteous. (v8)

Gossip and slander are the destructive tools of the godless, but knowledge and truth are the escape for the righteous. (v9)

When the righteous win and the wicked fail, there is much celebration. (v10)

Gossip and unruly lips are destructive, but the wise hold their tongue and keep a secret. (v11-13)

Guidance and advice leads to victory. (v14)

Don’t pledge for a stranger. (v15)

Kindness has benefits and brings honor while the ruthless and cruel are brought to ruin. (v16-17)

The wicked earn deceptive wages and find death while the righteous find life and a sure reward. (v18-19)

“Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free”. (v21)

A beautiful woman without discretion is truly ugly. (v22)

“The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath” (v23)

It’s counterintuitive to the world, but he who gives is rich while the selfish are truly poor. (v24-26)

If you seek out good things, they will find you, but so will evil if you search for it. (v27)

You can’t trust in riches. (v28)

“Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.” (v29)

Righteousness and wisdom save lives. Everyone will reap what they sow – good or bad. (v30-31)

Dear Father of Wisdom,
Help me hold my tongue and guard my lips that I may be counted among the righteous. Amen

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