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Proverbs 11

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 1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.

 2 When pride comes, then comes 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 do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.1

 5 The righteousness of the perfect2 shall direct his way; but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

 6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them; but transgressors shall be taken in their own wickedness.

 7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish; and the hope of unjust men perishes.

 8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.

 9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the just shall be delivered.

 10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

 11 By the blessing of the upright, the city is exalted; but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

 12 He who is void of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

 13 A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit, conceals the matter.

 14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

 15 He who is surety [a guarantor, who "strikes hands"] for a stranger shall suffer for it; and he who hates being a guarantor is secure.

 16 A gracious woman retains honor, and strong men retain riches.

 17 The merciful man does good to his own soul; but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.

 18 The wicked works a deceitful work; but to him who sows righteousness, shall come a sure reward.

 19 As righteousness tends to life; so he that pursues evil, pursues it to his own death.

 20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD; but those who are upright in their way are his delight.

 21 Though they join hand in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished, but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

 22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a beautiful woman who is without discretion.

 23 The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

 24 There is that which gives liberally, and yet increases; and there is that which withholds more than is fit, but it tends to poverty.

 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that waters shall be watered also himself.

 26 He that withholds grain, the people shall curse him; but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.

 27 He that diligently seeks good procures favor; but he that seeks mischief, it shall come to him.

 28 He that trusts in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

 29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that wins souls is wise.

 31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, and much more the wicked and the sinner.

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1 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivers from death. What does it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36. Every man will experience the Day of the Lord. This is the day of God's wrath against evil. Every man must pass through the fire, and only those works that were prompted and energized by God will survive. A pure, righteous man will survive with his soul; any man who dies while still sinning, will lose his soul and have nothing to show for his time on the earth. For the details, see Francis Howgill's outstanding doctrinal writings on The Day of the Lord.

2 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way. No one can make themselves perfect, but by grace the Lord can make anyone perfect who: 1) believes the true gospel, offering union with God, 2) who has faith in what Jesus speaks to us, and 3) who submits to the inward cross of self-denial — beginning with going to the Lord, listening, hearing, and obeying — repeatedly. The Lord told us to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect, Mat 5:48 — a definitive qualification of how perfect — as our heavenly Father is perfect. The purpose of the true ministers of Christ, those appointed by Jesus, (not the self-appointed), is the perfection of the saints, Eph 4:11-13. Paul said he worked to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, Col 1:28. Why is perfect so hard to believe, when we are also told: Without holiness, no one will see the Lord, Heb 12:14; and then those who are in the flesh cannot please God, Rom 8:8; or if you live after the flesh, you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live, Rom 8:13; and You can be sure: No No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6; and the acts of the sinful nature include sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), and the like, etc. ...those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21.


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