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There are two links below to the Matthew Henry Commentary on Proverbs Chapter 11. There is a Concise version and a Complete version. The Concise version is a short, abbreviated version while the Complete version is typically a lot longer and can sometimes be longer than the Biblical text itself. Choose whichever one you have time for. The Complete version goes further in depth but the Concise version is illuminating while not as lengthy.
Observations from the text:
In Verses 6-10 of Proverbs Chapter 11 we continue in our reading of the wise sayings or proverbs of Solomon which began in verse 1 of Chapter 10. These wise sayings of Solomon are principles that we can put to use in our lives. A principle is a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. In this case, these principles are the foundation for righteous living and living in a way that both works and is pleasing to the Lord. In these verses, Solomon contrasts various aspects of the lives of the righteous and the wicked and provides valuable words of wisdom to live by.
In verse 6, Solomon contrasts the upright and the unfaithful by saying that the righteousness of the upright will deliver them while the unfaithful will be caught by their lust. In this example, the upright exhibit righteousness while the unfaithful are characterized by lust. In this context, the meaning of the word lust is that of a sinful desire. The unfaithful desire the things that God would not want them to pursue while the upright or righteous pursue the things of God. Those who pursue righteousness will be preserved while those who pursue the opposite will be destroyed by their sinful desires.
In verse 7, Solomon describes the wicked man and the unjust by saying that the expectation of the wicked man and the hope of the unjust will perish. The expectations of the wicked and the hopes of the unjust are not aligned with God’s plan for them. The expectations and hopes of the righteous are focused on things of eternal significance and will endure beyond their physical lives. The wicked and the unjust focus exclusively on the things of the world and will perish eventually. This contrast is essentially one of an eternal focus versus an earthly focus. One endures while the other does not.
In verse 8, Solomon contrasts the righteous and the wicked by saying that the righteous is delivered from trouble while it goes to the wicked instead. The actions of the righteous avoid trouble to begin with while the actions of the wicked steer them toward trouble. God favors the righteous and delivers them from calamity while the wicked cannot expect the same. The lifestyle of the righteous is aligned with how things work the best while the wicked lifestyle is at odds with the way God wants things to be.
In verse 9, Solomon contrasts the hypocrite and the righteous by saying that the hypocrite destroys his neighbor with his mouth while the righteous will be delivered through knowledge. A hypocrite is one who indulges in hypocrisy, one who is a pretender, one who says one thing but does something else. A hypocrite claims to have a moral standard that their behavior doesn’t align with. The righteous apply godly knowledge to live in a way that works. The hypocrite professes righteousness while slandering and putting others down.
In verse 10, Solomon contrasts the righteous and the wicked by saying that the city rejoices when it goes well with the righteous but that there is jubilation when the wicked perishes. The righteous are characterized by treating others as they would be treated themselves. When the righteous has success, it tends to be desirable to all. The wicked, on the other hand, generally have their success at the expense of others. Hence, when the wicked has success, it tends to have an adverse effect on others. Those around the righteous can have joy in their success while those around the wicked can have joy in seeing their efforts fail.
6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
And the hope of the unjust perishes.
8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
And it comes to the wicked instead.
9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
The words of wisdom of King Solomon are perfect Biblical guides to living in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to God. They also are practical guidelines for living in a way that works in the reality that God has created. Let us all embrace these truths and apply them in our lives every day.
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