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Proverbs 10-12

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Proverbs Chapter 10

King Solomon was one of the wisest people of Bible History until he began to disastrously (see The Division Of Israel) compromise with God's Wisdom (see Solomon's Compromise). Before his apostasy however (a lesson to everyone to never take righteous effort for granted), Solomon saw clearly how The Word of God is intricately a part of all things.


"The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death [see The Quick and The Dead].
The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich [i.e. the "Six days you shall labor, and do all your work" part of God's Fourth Commandment].
A son who gathers in summer is prudent, but a son who sleeps in harvest brings shame [see also Workers Of The Harvest].
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise of heart [see A Pure Heart] will heed Commandments, but a prating fool will come to ruin.
He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out [see Glass Houses].
He who winks the eye causes trouble, but he who boldly reproves makes peace.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
On the lips of him who has understanding wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
Wise men lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.
A rich man's wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin [see No Class Struggles In Christianity].
The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin [see A Reward For Everyone].
He who heeds instruction is on the path to life [see Enter By The Narrow Gate], but he who rejects reproof goes astray.
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who utters slander is a fool.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the mind of the wicked is of little worth.
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.
The blessing of The Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
It is like sport to a fool to do wrong [see Reprobate], but wise conduct is pleasure to a man of understanding.
What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more [see They Shall Be Ashes], but the righteous is established for ever.
Like Vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
The fear of The Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.
The hope of the righteous ends in gladness [see When Will You Be Judged?], but the expectation of the wicked comes to nought.
The Lord is a stronghold to him whose way is upright [see The Lord's Plumb Line], but destruction to evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse." (Proverbs 10:1-32 RSV)

Proverbs Chapter 11

Although the Proverbs deal very much with principles of simple "everyday life," they also consistently recognize the purpose for the physical stage of man's life - and how it can either be the end, or just the beginning, depending on one's free choice of accepting or rejecting The Lord's offer of salvation. The Proverbs are all based on obedience to at least one of the Ten Commandments (see also Do You Know Him?). Righteousness means upright before The Lord (see The Lord's Plumb Line).

The Ten Commandments

"A false balance is an abomination to The Lord, but a just weight is his delight.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom [see The Two Kinds Of Pride].
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
When the wicked dies, his hope perishes, and the expectation of the godless comes to nought.
The righteous is delivered from trouble [see Choose Life!], and the wicked gets into it instead.
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
He who belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit [see Trust] keeps a thing hidden.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls; but in an abundance of counselors [see also The Comforter and The Advovate] there is safety.
He who gives surety for a stranger will smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure.
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
A wicked man earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
He who is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.
Men of perverse mind are an abomination to The Lord, but those of blameless ways are His delight.
Be assured, an evil man will not go unpunished [see Why Does God Allow Evil?] , but those who are righteous will be delivered.
Like a gold ring in a swine's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
A liberal man will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered [see Living Waters].
The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
He who trusts in his riches will wither, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
He who troubles his household will inherit wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life [see Good Fruit], but lawlessness takes away lives.
If the righteous is requited on earth [see Heaven On Earth?], how much more the wicked and the sinner!" (Proverbs 11:1-31 RSV)

Proverbs Chapter 12

"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge" (Proverbs 12:1 RSV) is obvious; discipline and disciple are from the same word which means to learn (see Disciples of Christ).

True Light

"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
A good man obtains favor from The Lord, but a man of evil devices he condemns.
A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
A good wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are treacherous.
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers men.
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand [see Mansions].
A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of perverse mind is despised.
Better is a man of humble standing who works for himself than one who plays the great man but lacks bread.
A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast [see They Aren't Just 'Dumb Animals'], but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits has no sense.
The strong tower of the wicked comes to ruin, but the root of the righteous stands firm.
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.
From the fruit of his words a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent man ignores an insult.
He who speaks the truth gives honest evidence [see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9], but a false witness utters deceit.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips endure for ever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan good have joy.
No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.
Lying lips are an abomination to The Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
A prudent man conceals his knowledge, but fools proclaim their folly.
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
A righteous man turns away from evil, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
A slothful man will not catch his prey, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
In the path of righteousness is life [see When Will You Be Judged?], but the way of error leads to death." (Proverbs 12:1-28 RSV)

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