Commentary by GL Jones
Proverbs 11: 15 – 24:
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
Overview: Proverbs 11:15-24
In Proverbs, chapter 11, verse 15, Solomon tells us that a person that vouches for someone that they don’t really know may be let down. Know who you are ENDORSING, at all times!
In verse 16, Solomon tells us that if a woman wants HONOR then she must earn it by being GRACIOUS and if men want to KEEP their RICHES then they must be on GUARD for THEIVES.
In verse 17, Solomon tells us that the MERCIFUL man BLESSES own soul but the CRUEL man troubles his own FLESH!
In verse 18, Solomon tells us that the WICKED work a DECEITFUL work but those who sow in RIGHTEOUSNESS shall reap in RIGHTEOUSNESS.
In verse 19, Solomon tells us that the RIGHTEOUS man seeks LIFE while the EVIL man seeks DEATH!
In verse 20, Solomon tells us that people with a Wicked heart are an ABOMINATION to God while the UPRIGHT are his DELIGHT!
In verse 21, Solomon says, that though the WICKED seem to have the UPPER HAND or ADVANTAGE, that they will not go UNPUNISHED, while RIGHTEOUS shall be DELIVERED!
In verse 22, Solomon says that a fair woman without DISCRETION is like a ring in a pig’s snout. The pig is oblivious to the jewel’s value or worth.Discretion is the highest form of PRUDENCE!
In verse 23, Solomon says that while the RIGHTEOUS only desire GOOD, but the WICKED EXPECTS PUNISHMENT!
And lastly in verse 24, Solomon tells us that there are those who scatter seed or let go of people and reap the INCREASE while there are some that are TIGHTFISTED or SELFISH who eventually reap POVERTY. Know who the GIVERS &TAKERS are in your LIFE!
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