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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 Wisdom’s Great Gain: Honesty In Our Dealings With Others: Proverbs 11:1-4

1) A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.
2) [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.
3) The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4) Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

In chapter 11, Solomon shares with us a series of proverbs that reveal 8 practical displays of wisdom that reap great gain for the wise and all who come in contact with them.

EXPOSITION:

In this first section, wisdom results in honest dealings with those around us…

1) A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.

1.  Deceptive, unjust scales are abhorred by the Lord. To manipulate scales for personal gain is not only stealing, but it is stealing under the guise of honesty.  It is giving the illusion of fair treatment while, in actuality, taking abusing those who are trusting, defenseless and naïve.
2.  Scales that are fair and lawful meet with His approval and causes Him pleasure.  Using just weights are dealing with others fairly while rejecting hypocrisy and fraud.

Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.  Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.  [But] thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.  For all that do such things, [and] all that do unrighteously, [are] an abomination unto the LORD thy God.”   (Deuteronomy 25:13-16)

 

2) [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.

1.  Defrauding the innocent is a display of arrogance, believing that retribution can be escaped.  This type of attitude assures that eventual humiliation and justice will take place.
2.  Those who are humble, realizing that deception and abuse will be punished, will wisely choose to treat others honestly through the use just weights and measures.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”   (Luke 18:14)

 

3) The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

1.  The innocent simplicity of the lawful will lead them to honesty in all their dealings with others.
2.   The twisted, complex, viciousness of lawbreakers will turn against, dominate, and impoverish them.  All of their attempts to enrich themselves through deceit will result in their eventual ruin.

[A Psalm] of David. Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; [therefore] I shall not slide.”   (Psalms 26:1)

 

4) Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

1.  Wealth which is taken unjustly can bring temporal comfort to the deceiver, but will not be of benefit in the appointed time of repayment at the final judgment throughout eternity.
2.  Just as the righteousness of Christ delivers from eternal death, so too, our acts of honesty and  justice snatches away the temporal evils that come upon the deceptive.

Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?”   (Ecclesiastes 7:17)

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”   (1 Timothy 4:8)

SUMMARY:

For those who are wise in Christ… Treating others with love, honesty and humility will not only display wisdom to those around us but also reap both temporal and eternal blessings.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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10 Comments

  1. […] SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 11:1-4 | SettledInHeaven.org … […]

  2. terry1954 says:

    thank you once again my friend

  3. Debbie says:

    Wonderful, Pastor Rob! Thank you for teaching us and encouraging us to live for Jesus and to walk in His ways. God bless you!

  4. You are going to continue here in Proverbs, I pray…though looking forward to the Human Conscience 🙂
    I love how you’ve been led to do Proverbs andwill enjoy seeing it all the way to chapter 31!!
    Blessings Brother Bark man…

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Yep, we are going to stick to Proverbs on Monday through Friday for the devotion series. The human conscience series will be on Sunday mornings only. Lord willing, we will finish the entire book of Proverbs towards the end of 2013 and begin a new devotional series next year.

      Thanks for sharing your interest in the series with me. Lord bless you.

  5. Thanks Rob for the reminder that blessings bring responsibilities. We are Christ’s ambassadors and have a responsibility to walk in integrity and show forth His light to all we encounter.

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Good passage! So much to comment on with these four verses. What stood out to me was verse 4, “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.” This passage, contrary to what some who say the OT has nothing about life after death, seems to presuppose that there is a “day of wrath” beyond this life and that we need to be delivered from it

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