Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 11


Proverbs 11

Scripture

NIV Version,  Message VersionEnglish Standard Version (see the list of related scriptures at the bottom of the ESV page), King James Version

Amplified Version *colors added by me

1A FALSE balance and unrighteous dealings are extremely offensive and shamefully sinful to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.(A)2When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial, and renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness.

3The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

4Riches provide no security in any day of wrath and judgment, but righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) delivers from death.(B)

5The righteousness of the blameless shall rectify and make plain their way and keep it straight, but the wicked shall fall by their own wickedness.

6The righteousness of the upright [their rectitude in every area and relation] shall deliver them, but the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity and greedy desire.

7When the wicked man dies, his hope [for the future] perishes; and the expectation of the godless comes to nothing.

8The [uncompromisingly] righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked gets into it instead.

9With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge and superior discernment shall the righteous be delivered.

10When it goes well with the [uncompromisingly] righteous, the city rejoices, but when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

11By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God’s favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12He who belittles and despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.

13He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden.

14Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

15He who becomes security for an outsider shall smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure [from its penalties].

16A gracious and good woman wins honor [for her husband], and violent men win riches but [a]a woman who hates righteousness is a throne of dishonor for him.

17The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.

18The wicked man earns deceitful wages, but he who sows righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) shall have a sure reward [permanent and satisfying].(C)

19He who is steadfast in righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) attains to life, but he who pursues evil does it to his own death.

20They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, but such as are blameless and wholehearted in their ways are His delight!

21Assuredly [I pledge it] the wicked shall not go unpunished, but the multitude of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be delivered.

22As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.

23The desire of the [consistently] righteous brings only good, but the expectation of the wicked brings wrath.

24There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want.

25The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered.(D)

26The people curse him who holds back grain [when the public needs it], but a blessing [from God and man] is upon the head of him who sells it.

27He who diligently seeks good seeks [God’s] favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come upon him.

28He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident in his riches shall fall, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like a green bough.

29He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men–he gathers and receives them for eternity].(E)

31Behold, the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be recompensed on earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner! And [b]if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and wicked?(F)


* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 11

Safety In Godly Counsel (Proverbs 11:14)

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Proverbs 11:14; 12:15; 27:9
Multitude Of Counselors

In October 1962, the world held its breath as the US and the Soviet Union stood at the brink of nuclear war. Premier Nikita Khrushchev had delivered nuclear missiles to Cuba, and President John F. Kennedy demanded their immediate removal. Tensions were at an all-time high.

Kennedy phoned three former US presidents to get their advice. Herbert Hoover had faced the economic problems of the Great Depression; Harry Truman had ended World War II; and Dwight Eisenhower had served as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Each had valuable insights to share. After Kennedy conferred with all of his White House advisors, a balanced course of action defused the crisis. War was averted.

The Bible encourages us to seek the advice of wise counselors. Proverbs 11:14 states, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” The word translated “counsel” is a Hebrew nautical term used for steering a ship. The wisdom of godly advisors can help steer us in the right direction.

Are you facing a crisis? A truly wise person is open to the counsel and insight of others. Why not prayerfully seek the advice of some godly believers today? —Dennis Fisher (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

When a crisis looms before you,
Don’t face it on your own;
Seek advice from godly counsel,
And take it to God’s throne. —Sper

If you seek wise counsel you multiply your chances for sound decisions.


Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 11

Key Words*

Most have been covered in the previous chapters.


Commentaries

Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish

Pop out verses:

3The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.

13He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden.

14Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

24There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want.

V3 – Integrity seems to be a quality that is lacking in many today.

simplicity, or sincerity of heart and intention, truthfulness, uprightness. The word “integrity” does not occur in the New Testament, but its equivalents may be seen in “sincerity,” “truth,” the “pure heart,” the “single eye,” etc. In the above sense of simplicity of intention it is equivalent to being honest, sincere, genuine, and is fundamental to true character. (ISBE)

Integrity is one quality I seek to maintain. I want to be known as someone who can be trusted, relied on, and a woman of her word. It can be very tough sometimes to walk in this manner, but I think the result of not walking in this manner is worse. I would rather deal with issues that come from being honest than be destroyed.

V13 & 14 – I don’t think it is a coincidence that these two are one after the other. I feel that in order to feel free to seek wise guidance, you must know that the person can be trusted not to reveal things you share with them. Something that I think is read “through” (see reflections on Proverbs 6) and the word “multitude” is overlooked. Too many times we talk to our best friend or we choose one person to go to, this can be fine, but this this says in the multitude of counselors there is safety. I think we can make a bad judgement in who we seek counsel from in that we can tend to pick someone we know will agree with us. The original word means: multitude, abundance, greatness; numerous. Ha, just thought about the saying, “There’s safety in numbers.” Guess we are on to something there!

V24 – This one just popped out at me because of something I just recently wrote to someone. The NIV text reads: “24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Just confirming what I said and what I believed.

Prayer

Father, I thank you that Your Integrity is immeasurable! You say something and you stand by it – never changing. You speak nothing but truth and are the source of all love and righteousness. Without You there is no light. Your Son was the model of integrity with a pure heart, sincere love, and true character to be modeled after. Father, help me to know His ways and walk in them. Let me be known as a woman of character not because of anything I do, but only because of what You do inside of me. Help my integrity point directly back to God – the Father, Jesus – the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Strengthen me to walk that walk and be ever present as I talk the talk of integrity.

Lord, thank you for the guidance I receive from the multitude of counselors that I have sought out. Time and time again, it has been proven that there truly was safety in their multitude, their advice, and their counsel. Thank you for placing the right ones in my path at just the right time. Thank you for making them people of integrity, trustworthiness, and faithful to their word.

Lord, help me to be a cheerful giver. Giving freely, without being asked, no matter what. I have seen this particular verse over and over and over again in my life. As I have freely given and not withheld, you have honored and blessed me with over abundance, increasing more, and meeting all my needs and wants. You truly are a Lord, provider, caretaker, and King of kings!

Father, I pray for all those who have lost their integrity or have never walked in it. I pray for those who’s word is meaningless, who can not be counted on and who struggle to do what they say they will do. Lord, sometimes it is hard for even those who want to walk in integrity, I pray that as they ask You to help them, you power them and strength them through the Holy Spirit for the path they are choosing. Father I pray for those who gossip and spread what they hear. I pray for those who have become aware of this habit and ask that You help them and seal their months as they begin to fall back into the habit they are trying to break. Father I ask that those who have not sought counsel to begin to receive it. That they understand the safety that they have chosen to give up but leaning on their own understanding and walking in their own ways. Father I ask that You bless those who are freely giving and show those who have not what can be attained by giving. As they see this principle in action, help them to begin to walk in that way and have a change of heart so that they will begin to freely give also.

You teach us, model us, and prepare us for walking in the righteousness of Your Son, Jesus Christ and in His name I pray, AMEN!

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