Various Wise Sayings (Proverbs 11)

The writer of this passage supplies dozens of comparisons between the fate of the righteous and the fate of the wicked.  The righteous are guided by integrity, are delivered from death, is delivered from trouble, and will receive a sure reward.  The wicked will be destroyed because of their perversity, their riches will not profit them, they will fall by their own wickedness, and will be caught by their own lust.

In addition, the writer extols the value of honest business practices, the danger of pride and the value of humility.  He also values confidentiality and faithfulness, being unencumbered financially, and having a pure heart.  He teaches that the wicked will not prosper, and will not overcome the righteous.  He says that women should exercise discretion, and all people should be generous.  He finishes with these thoughts:

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who wins souls is wise.

31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
How much more the ungodly and the sinner.

The writer (presumably Solomon) provides numerous wise sayings that should help any individual navigate life more adeptly.  The basic premises are the value of wisdom, humility, and deliverance, and the dangers of sinful living.  Today, there are numerous opportunities to live wisely and prosper spiritually, emotionally, and financially.  But there are also powerful temptations and opportunities that can entice even the strongest individual.  That is why diligence is necessary in pursuing wisdom.  Chase after God and His wisdom and He will direct your path!

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