Proverbs 11: Wise Sayings

What are the benefits of cheating? What are the liabilities?

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Proverbs 11:1 God detests cheating scales that show an incorrect weight, but he delights in honest scales that reveal the truth.
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Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.

Why does prideful boasting lead to embarrassment?

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Proverbs 11:2 Prideful boasting leads to embarrassment, so it’s wise to be humble.
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Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Why is humility better than prideful boasting?

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Proverbs 11:2 Prideful boasting leads to embarrassment, so it’s wise to be humble.
Luke 14:8–11 “When you arrive at a wedding feast, do not take a seat of honor. A more distinguished person might have been invited. Your host would say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ In shame, you would have to take the lowest seat. Instead, go to the lowest seat first. Then when your host says, ‘Friend, move to this higher place,’ you will be honored before the other dinner guests. Those who try to make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
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Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Luke 14:8–11 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

How does going our own way compare with following the Lord?

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Proverbs 11:3 A desire to always please the Lord will take you in the right direction. Doing something else to please yourself will lead to destruction.
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Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

What goes with us after we die?

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Proverbs 11:4 Our riches won’t be worth anything to us when we die, but righteousness has value beyond the grave.
Matthew 6:19–20 Do not store up treasure for yourselves on Earth, where moths and rust can eat it up and thieves break in and steal. Instead, store your treasure in Heaven, where it is safe from moths and rust and thieves.
Matthew 19:21 If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you own, and give the money to the poor. You will have treasure in Heaven and can follow me.
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Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Matthew 6:19–20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

If people are aware of their wickedness, how does it cause them to stumble and fall?

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Proverbs 11:5–6 A heartfelt desire to do good takes people on the right path, but the wicked will stumble and fall because of their own wickedness.
Righteousness keeps us out of trouble with God, but those who seek their own way will be trapped by their selfish desires.
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Proverbs 11:5–6 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

On this side of the grave and beyond, how does the power of the wicked compare with the power of the righteous?

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Proverbs 11:7 The wicked have no hope beyond the grave. Their power is gone.
Matthew 21:21 “Know this for certain. If you have unwavering faith, you will not only do things like this, but you will say to this mountain, ‘Rise and be thrown into the sea,’ and it will obey.”
2 Timothy 3:4–5 Who they are in public should be evident at home, parenting respectful, obedient children. We should question their leadership ability in the church if they can’t handle their affairs at home.
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Proverbs 11:7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
2 Timothy 3:4–5 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

If rain that falls on both the just and the unjust, how do the troubles that fall upon everyone differ between the righteous and the wicked?

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Proverbs 11:8 Righteous people are saved from trouble, but the wicked fall right into it.
Matthew 5:45 Your Father in Heaven causes the sun to rise on the evil as well as the good. He sends rain on both the righteous and unrighteous. You should show kindness as he does.
2 Corinthians 4:8–9 Troubles press us from every direction, but we aren’t crushed. We may not know what to do, yet we’re confident that everything will work out. Enemies may attack us, but God stands with us. We may be knocked to the ground, but God will raise us up.
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Proverbs 11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
2 Corinthians 4:8–9 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

What truths do the righteous know that are missed by those who don’t know God?

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Proverbs 11:9 People who don’t know God spread destructive words about others, but knowing the truth lets the righteous escape.
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Proverbs 11:9 A hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Should we rejoice or be sorrowful when the wicked perish? Why?

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Proverbs 11:10–11 The city rejoices when the righteous prosper. When the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
The city prospers when the righteous do well, but wicked counsel tears it down.
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Proverbs 11:10–11 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

How can we know when to speak and when to be quiet?

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Proverbs 11:12 Those who slander others lack good sense, but discernment reveals when to keep quiet.
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Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

What can we trust a gossiper to do?

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Proverbs 11:13 A faithful friend will keep a secret, but a gossiper cannot be trusted.
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Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

When different counselors offer advice that doesn’t agree, how can we know what is right?

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Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, people fall. But with the good advice of many counselors, there is safety.
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Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Under what circumstances should you guarantee someone else’s debt?

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Proverbs 11:15 Guaranteeing someone’s debt can be costly, so to be safe, don’t do it.
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Proverbs 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

Why might honorable people not be respected?

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Proverbs 11:16 Gracious women deserve respect, but ruthless men care only about their wealth.
Luke 6:22 Blessed are the hated, those who are rejected, insulted, and falsely accused because of me.
John 15:20 Remember what I said before. The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you. If they had listened to me, they would listen to you.
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Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

How can we strive to help ourselves and wind up hurting ourselves instead?

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Proverbs 11:17 Those who are merciful and kind to others are helping themselves, but cruel, intolerant people hurt themselves.
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Proverbs 11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

When does hard work pay off? When does it not pay off?

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Proverbs 11:18–19 The cheating employee seeks high pay for poor work, but righteous people believe that doing their very best will always pay off.
19 Choosing to do good leads to abundance in life, but wrongdoers follow a path resulting in death.
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Proverbs 11:18–19 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

What do people have to gain with bad intentions?

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Proverbs 11:20 The Lord detests people whose intentions are evil, but he delights in those who walk in righteousness.
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Proverbs 11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

When and how are the wicked punished? What about the righteous?

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Proverbs 11:21 The wicked are sure to be punished for their wrongdoing, but the righteous will escape that judgment.
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Proverbs 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Of what value is a gold ring in a pig’s snout?

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Proverbs 11:22 A beautiful woman without discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
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Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

Why would the wicked ever want things to go badly?

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Proverbs 11:23 The righteous anticipate good things, but the hope of the wicked is for everything to go bad.
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Proverbs 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Why might giving be better than getting?

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Proverbs 11:24–27 Give freely and experience true wealth, or be stingy and never have enough, all you have becoming a loss.
The generous will have a high feeling of self-worth, and those who are helping others will help themselves.
People curse the merchant who has grain but won’t sell, but they praise the one who makes goods available.
Be generous toward others, and you will find favor. Make life difficult for others, and the trouble you cause will come back on you.
Luke 6:38 Give, and you will not have to worry about receiving. You will receive a full measure, packed down, shaken together, and spilling into your lap. The measure you give determines the measure you will receive.
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Proverbs 11:24–27 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Why is it better to trust in God and not anything else?

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Proverbs 11:28 Those who trust in their riches instead of God will wither like leaves in the fall, but the righteous, who trust in God instead of their riches, will flourish like leaves in the spring.
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Proverbs 11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

In what ways can the wind be likened to causing turmoil in your own house?

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Proverbs 11:29 Causing turmoil in your own house gains nothing but wind.
The fool will be a slave to the wise.
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Proverbs 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

What enslaves a fool?

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Proverbs 11:29 Causing turmoil in your own house gains nothing but wind.
The fool will be a slave to the wise.
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Proverbs 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

What is the life-giving fruit that righteous people have to offer?

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Proverbs 11:30 The righteous are like trees laden with life-giving fruit. Wise people show others the way to life.
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Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

What and who rewards good people and punishes the wicked? Why?

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Proverbs 11:31 If the good people on Earth are rewarded, then those who do evil are sure to be punished.
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Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.