(Prov 11:1 NASB)  A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.

Prov 11:1:      Improper business dealings are prohibited in Torah (Lev. 19:35-36, Deut. 25:13-16).


(Prov 11:2 NASB)  When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.

Prov 11:2:      Pride brings dishonor.  Yeshua spoke with the wisdom of His Father when He said the same thing (Luke 14:8-11, Prov. 15:33, 18:12, 29:23).


(Prov 11:3 NASB)  The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the falseness of the treacherous will destroy them.

Prov 11:3:      Integrity guides the upright (Prov. 25:21, 26:1-3).
The falseness of the treacherous will destroy them (Ecc. 7:17, Isa. 1:28, Prov. 28:18).


(Prov 11:4 NASB)  Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.

Prov 11:4:      Riches will do no good on the day of wrath (Ezek. 7:19, Zeph. 1:18, Matt. 16:26).


(Prov 11:5 NASB)  The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
(Prov 11:6 NASB)  The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.
(Prov 11:7 NASB)  When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes.
(Prov 11:8 NASB)  The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place.

Prov 11:8:      These are contrasts between the righteous and the wicked, those who follow the Torah of the Father and those who do not.


(Prov 11:9 NASB)  With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.

Prov 11:9:      The mouth of a godless man will destroy others (Psalm 55:20-23).


(Prov 11:10 NASB)  When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is glad shouting.
(Prov 11:11 NASB)  By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.

Prov 11:11:      This is more contrast between those that are righteous and upright and those that are wicked.


(Prov 11:12 NASB)  He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.
(Prov 11:13 NASB)  He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

Prov 11:13:      Brothers and sisters should be able to conceal a matter between each other.


(Prov 11:14 NASB)  Where there is no guidance, the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Prov 11:14:      This strongly applies to teaching and learning Scripture.  Too many people go with their own ideas instead of counseling with others to seek truth and guidance.


(Prov 11:15 NASB)  He who is surety for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates going surety is safe.

Prov 11:15:      Surety is taking responsibility for someone’s debt.  It should not be done for strangers.


(Prov 11:16 NASB)  A gracious woman attains honor, And violent men attain riches.

Prov 11:16:      This is a contrast between a gracious woman who gains honor and violent men whose desire is merely riches.


(Prov 11:17 NASB)  The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.
(Prov 11:18 NASB)  The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

Prov 11:18:      Elohim’s men are to be merciful and righteous.  But too often men are violent, cruel, and wicked.


(Prov 11:19 NASB)  He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.

Prov 11:19:      This is a repeated phrase in Proverbs.


(Prov 11:20 NASB)  The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their walk are His delight.

Prov 11:20:      Those who walk blameless and follow His Torah are a delight to Elohim.


(Prov 11:21 NASB)  Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

Prov 11:21:      The descendants of the righteous is likely a reference to Abraham and others (Gen. 17:7-8, Psalm 112:1-3, Acts 2:39).


(Prov 11:22 NASB)  As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

Prov 11:22:      A beautiful woman can have a lot of power over men.  For her not to use discretion is a complete waste of a life (Prov. 31:30).


(Prov 11:23 NASB)  The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
(Prov 11:24 NASB)  There is one who scatters, yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, but it results only in want.
(Prov 11:25 NASB)  The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.
(Prov 11:26 NASB)  He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

Prov 11:26:      The one who scatters is the one who helps the poor.  He will be blessed (Deut. 15:10, Psalm 112:9, Ecc. 11:1-2).


(Prov 11:27 NASB)  He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who searches after evil, it will come to him.
(Prov 11:28 NASB)  He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.

Prov 11:28:      Riches are a gift from Elohim and should be treated as such.


(Prov 11:29 NASB)  He who troubles his own house will inherit wind, And the foolish will be servant to the wise-hearted.

Prov 11:29:      He who troubles his own house is one who doesn’t provide for his own family.


(Prov 11:30 NASB)  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.

Prov 11:30:      He who is wise (follows Torah) wins the lives of others (Dan. 12:1-3).


(Prov 11:31 NASB)  If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner!

Prov 11:31:      Paul even applied this to those who were not circumcised to celebrate Passover (1 Cor. 11:30-32).



Patrick McGuire

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