Tag: Proverbs 11

BDBD is Proverb 11:31

God is alive and active on earth. The principles that God set at the creation of the world are still in place. This is why there are consequences for decisions made and actions taken. It does matter if a person is righteous or ungodly and the sinner; ramifications exist and natural processes flow to their […]

BDBD is Proverbs 11:29-30

In the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve, God had a family plan. “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:28

Trust is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Some say trust is earned and this is true to a degree for many degrees of trust exist. Trust is a mental decision. I trust more than I know. I trust all kinds of devices will work when I […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:27

Good and goodwill, what are they? What I consider good and goodwill another will not. Jesus defined goodwill as doing to others as I want others to do with me. All have a secret desire for love and respect. Some may want love more than respect while others may desire respect more than love. Women […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:26

Hoarding is an enticing tight dress or shirt and straight pants that are hidden in the back of our soul closet. Hoarding is a matching outfit with coveting. Hoarding comes out of the closet when scarcity arrives in our neighborhood. The hidden hoarding outfit is put on in times of social need. We put it […]

BDBD is Proverbs 11:24-25

“The one who freely gives gains even more”, and “The generous one will prosper”, and “The one refreshing another will be refreshed”. These nonsensical proverbs are made true through God. What makes a person freely refresh others? What gladly loosens tired purse strings? What causes a hand to willingly give rather than take? Love for […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:23

“The desire of the righteous ends only in good” (23). I seek that which ends in good. Then, I need to meditate to determine and understand what I really desire. Meditate on the righteous. Am I righteous? Do I desire as a righteous man or a religious man? The two are not the same for […]

BDBD is Proverbs 11:20-21

The opposite of love is to detest. The Lord loves and detests. The Lord loves when we express faith, hope, and love from the heart; especially love. (1 Corinthians 13;13) The Lord detests men of a perverse heart (20). A perverse heart resides in the wicked (21). The word detests (i.e. abomination) is a word […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:19

“The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death.” A person might read this and think, “How can I attain life since I am already breathing and my heart beats? Am I not alive already?” One man who came to talk to Jesus made just that statement when Jesus […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:18

Raising crops has been an ongoing human activity for mankind since before the flood. Every culture has farmers with small gardens to 1,000-acre fields. Sowing seeds is a familiar practice. If a farmer wants a harvest of wheat they sow wheat seeds. If a farmer wants oats they sow oat seeds. If a farmer wants […]

BDBD is Proverbs 11:16-17

Kindhearted women and kind men are celebrated. Kindness is selfless, compassionate, and merciful. Being kind means doing to others as I want them to do to me. Being kind gains respect and benefits the giver and receiver. Jesus describes the kind person this way, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:15

Putting up security for another and striking hands in a pledge were talked about in detail in chapter 6 verses 1 thru 5. There the Father tells his son to escape such a trap as quickly as possible. These two phrases are referring to business responsibilities for someone else’s debt or for some other obligation […]

BDBD is Proverbs 11:11-14

Civic righteousness is the subject of verses 11-14. The blessing of the upright comes from God’s blessing and teaching through them. The upright’s good influence and desire for justice for all as well as their prosperity are how a city and nation is lifted up out of the dregs. “Remove the wicked from the king’s […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:10

When the righteous prosper the city rejoices. Surely this is true for the right way to live, interact with others, and doing in God’s eyes surely brings prosperity to all. Joy and happiness fill the hearts of many.    When the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Surely this is true for the wrong way […]

BDBD is Proverbs 11:7-9

The wicked and the righteous are compared in these verses as in the rest of this chapter. The wicked can have power over others in this world (7). The wicked can have hope and expectations too. Yet, when death comes their hope perishes and their power comes to nothing (7). The godless and the wicked […]

BDBD is Proverbs 11:4-6

Making a straight way means easily and quickly reaching a goal. The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them. How? The righteousness of the upright delivers them. Verse 4 says it delivers them from death. The delivery in verse 6 is from evil desires. Jesus taught, “Enter through the narrow gate. For […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:3

Integrity is a virtue all desire and fails more times than stacked stones fall over. Integrity is ethical and moral righteousness. Integrity does not guarantee that others will be righteous toward me. It is better to be a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse (19:1) Integrity can be […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:2

Pride comes in many forms. Not all pride is harmful though most pride experienced is. Humility comes in many forms. Not all humility is good though most humility experience is. The most historically common definition of pride is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in […]

BDBD is Proverb 11:1

Scales were used for many a millennium in almost all societies during commerce; the buying and selling of goods. Silver and gold would be placed on one tray and various stone weights were used on the other. The device was meant to make each exchange the same and fair. For as long as they have […]