October 5, 2017


Proverbs 11:1–11

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  A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
    but a just weight is his delight.
  When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with the humble is wisdom.
  The integrity of the upright guides them,
    but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
  Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
  The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
    but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
  The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
    but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
  When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
    and the expectation of wealth1 perishes too.
  The righteous is delivered from trouble,
    and the wicked walks into it instead.
  With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
    but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10   When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
    and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11   By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
    but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.


[1] 11:7 Or of his strength, or of iniquity


Key Verse | Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
(Proverbs 11:2)

Central Truth

Throughout our life God calls us to act the way Jesus taught us to. Sometimes, the enemy will tempt us to stray from the truth, but the Lord tells us that if we resist the lies, the reward is oh so great!

Devotional | Proverbs 11:1–11

I hope you are as confused as Ifirst was abouthow in theworld I couldcreate a devofrom about 11 small sentences that each focus oncompletely different topics. If you are, good—because now Iget to blow your mind!...

I hope you are as confused as I first was about how in the world I could create a devo from about 11 small sentences that each focus on completely different topics. If you are, good—because now I get to blow your mind! Through this section of Proverbs 11, there is a reoccurring format to the way the verses are set up. They describe the difference between the smart, awesome righteous ones and the stupid, foolish sinners. Which I guess kind of puts us in both categories . . . oops. It shows us how the righteous and humble will be rewarded and prosper, and the deceitful and wicked will be destroyed and fall.

God gives us many examples of this so we can really understand the difference between the foolish, the righteous, and the actions of both. In verse 2, God says: "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." Pride for me personally is one of my biggest struggles. I am prideful of my things, my family, my friends, and my athletic and academic performance. But I'm working on it. 

I also get caught up in the lie that I have the answers without God's help. But in verse 2 it says that we obtain wisdom through humility, understanding that we alone can't have all of it. King Nebuchadnezzar learned this lesson the hard way (Daniel 4).  

This section of Proverbs also helps me understand how our own selfish, prideful nature is what causes us to lie and become deceitful (verse 1); to become lovers of money, hoping that it will fulfill us and get us into heaven (verses 4, 7); and to allow our mouth and the words that overflow our heart to hurt others (verses 9, 11). I could keep going, but that might take a while.

The word righteous is mentioned six times in these 11 verses because God delights in those who are righteous. Those that do what is right are determined to walk in the faith the way God has called us to. So let's go walk boldly in our faith, righteously and with humility.

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Bio | Mason Haynes

Hey, y'all, my name is Mason Haynes. I have been going to Watermark for almost 16 years now. I like to play baseball, hunt, draw, and hang with friends. My family of five consists of me, my two brothers, mom, dad, and our amazing dog Murphy. As I write this, I couldn't be more proud and happy with my life and who I am, but sometimes this can get in the way.

Discussion Questions

1. Verse 2 in this Proverb is the one that was impactful to me. Which one moves or impacts you the most?

2. How can you apply the truth of these Scriptures to walk in greater humility today?

3. Does the word righteous describe you? Why or why not?

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