Proverbs 11 See yourself?

seekeroftruth

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Proverbs 11:1 The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favor with him.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them;
all the promise of[a] their power comes to nothing.
8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble,
and it falls on the wicked instead.
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but victory is won through many advisers.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.
17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,
but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
a. Proverbs 11:7 Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate, Syriac and Targum When the wicked die, their hope perishes; / all they expected from

I have to add some commentary.... and again, today it comes from the easy English site.

Death is terrible for an evil man. He will lose all of his money. He will lose all of his possessions. He will lose everything that he achieved in life. He will discover that he was wrong. But then it will be too late.
The true Christian will have a different experience. Paul wrote, ‘While I live, Jesus comes first. When I die, I shall benefit… I want to go to be with Jesus. Heaven will be much better than this world. However, I must live longer, because I need to help you.’ (Philippians 1:21, 23-24)​
Ordinary people need advice. Church leaders need advice. The leaders of cities need advice. Even entire nations need advice.​
Good and bad words affect the lives of ordinary people. But good and bad words can also affect whole nations.
The wise person is not afraid to ask for advice. Sometimes, we need to ask many advisers before we receive the best advice.​

I don't know how many times I have said.... There's Heaven and there's earth.... putting them on a scale.... Heaven wins every time. I've had a few close calls.... I almost got to go a few times.... I recall conversations.... and they always end with... "miss me" or "need me". I've awoken a few times.... thinking.... "Bummer, why can't I keep my stupid yap shut and just go?!?"

Recently one of my neighbors decided to turn me in for smoking medical marijuana in my garage. I have a card.... so it's legal.... hubby has a card too.... so we're totally legal.... but my neighbor must been having a bad day.... anyway... while I was finishing up the paperwork [I'm the first legal mmj card holder in my apartment complex so the apartment manager and I had to develop a policy].... we were discussing my diagnosis. My apartment manager said "you'll live a long time", reassuringly, and I replied "Oh I hope not.... I'm looking forward to Heaven.... whenever my place is ready there". Then in the back of my mind I heard.... and you have to finish posting Bible studies online.... hurry up... read another one.... lol....

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