Hello! I’m glad you are reading this! If you’ll turn to chapter 11, than we’ll get started.
Look at verse 1: “The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with Him.” If you consider this, it’s not just scales and measurements. The LORD hates everything that’s unjustly gained or cheated for. He likes things that are honest and fair.
Moving on to verses 2-6. It’s showing you the benefits of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked. Read them yourself and record your thoughts.
Now, do the same with verses 8-14. This is the same as the last few verses, righteous vs. wicked. Record your thoughts in your notebook or journal.
Now, I want to point out verse 15 to you: Can you notice it? It repeats the warning to not put up security for your neighbor again. It says not to shake hands in pledge. Keep yourself free from bonds similar to that. Why is that so important? I challenge you to do personal, Biblical research on that and find out the answer. I like giving a bit of homework.
Moving on to verses 16-22. Read those and make any notes you have.
Now, let’s park on verse 23 for a second. This is showing us that righteous acts are always ending with good, while everything the wicked do ends with wrath. So, some examples of righteous acts are: Letting your brother/sister go first, even though they cut in front of you; letting the guy on his iThing get the parking spot, even though you’ve been waiting for it for five minutes; making a dessert for your sibling; etc. I want you to write a list of righteous actions. Here’s something that might help: The definition of “righteous” is: “Acting justly in an upright manner, virtuous, as, a virtuous man…”
Now that you’re finished, we will move on to verse 24. This one is of great importance, as Jesus taught about this in 2 Corinthians. Turn to 2 Corinthians 9:6: “..Whoever sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly; but whoever sows generously, will also reap generously.” So now, what does this verse in Proverbs mean? It means the same as the verse I just shared with you. (It’s pretty self-explanatory.)
Moving on to verse 25 for a second, we’re going to see, if we observe it, that it is like verse 25. Read it. You’ll find it’s very similar.
Let’s look at verse 27 for a sec. What does it mean? It means, whoever looks for good (like God’s Word) will find good, but whoever searches for evil, finds evil. Are some of your actions unpleasing to the LORD? What about the way you talk to your parents or siblings? Consider your life and find as many things that aren’t pleasing to the LORD. Now, read and write your thoughts on verses 28-30.
Now that you are finished, let’s investigate verse 31. It says: “If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and sinner!” What does that mean?! Well, we’re going to practice comparing translations again! By the way, I am not the type to say “this is the translation, and all others are bad”. I love comparing translations; it helps me understand the meaning of Scriptures better sometimes. Get out your NLT Bible (or look it up at the website I listed) and flip to Proverbs 11:31. It reads: “If the righteous are rewarded here on earth, how much more true that the wicked and the sinner will get what they deserve!”’ That straightens things! So, the righteous get what they deserve, as do the wicked. Yikes! But did you see the word sinner ? That’s us, sadly. That’s me, that’s my sister, that’s my brother, you, everybody; saved or not saved. We’ve got what’s due coming to us. God is a fair Judge; He’ll make the right punishment.
I hope this study has helped you and shows you something out of His Word. Y’all have a great week.