PROVERBS
LESSON TWENTY-FIVE

Proverbs 11:10-11
     10. When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: 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.

     [A] Good people are generally well-beloved by their neighbors
             [1] The good people are loved because they show love
             [2] Godly - God fearing folks help others and do good to them
             [3] The Goodly people stand up for right and act on the behalf of others

     [B] As a whole very few people cares for a wicked person.
             [1] Wicked people are not loved, because they do not show love
             [2] The wicked usually only care about themselves
             [3] The wicked could  care less for what is happening to others, they care only about
                     Themselves

Proverbs 11:12-13
     12. He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
     13. A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

     [A] Silence is recommended as an true friendship,
              [1] A man of understanding, a man of wisdom -
                     [a] Has rule over his own spirit,
                     [b] If provoked he holds his peace,
                     [c] He does not give vent to his passion
                     [d] He does not try to kindle the passion of others with his peevish reflections.  
             [2] A man of understanding holds his peace, and tries to get others to hold theirs as well
             [3] He that is of a faithful spirit, shows sincerity.
                     [a] This is true to his own promise
                     [b] It is true to the interest of his friend
                     [c] He , conceals matters which, if divulged, may cause his neighbor hurt or anger
                             against him.

     [B] This prudent friendly concealment is is opposed to two very bad vices of the tongue
             [1]  Speaking scornfully of a man to his face
                     [a] He that is void of wisdom discovers his folly thus
                             [1-a] He despises his neighbor, calls a fool at the least provocation, and
                                     tramples upon him every chance he has
                             [2-a] When he undervalues someone who is made from the same mould he
                                     undervalues himself also.
             [2] Speaking spitefully of a man behind his back
                     [a] A tale-bearer carries stories he picks up from house to house, to make mischief and
                             sow discord,
                     [b] He reveals secrets he has been entrusted with, and forfeits all his privileges, of
                             friendship and conversation.         
             
Proverbs 11:14
     14.  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
     
     [A] Where no counsel is, the people fall
             [1] A country without leadership is soon to fall.
             [2] When you have a group of people and no-one to guide them, they fall into a state
                     of disarray
                     [a] Each person wants to do their own thing
                     [b] Everyone wants to be in charge.
                     [c] There is no set of rules
             [3] This is really what is happening in the church and in our country today
                     [a] We have too many people who want their own way,
                     [b] Everyone wants to make their own rules
                     [c] As a result, there is confusion.
             [4] God has been taken out of the school, the government and even the church to the extent
                     that we are slowly crumbling and soon I fear, we will fall apart

     [B] In the multitude of counselors there is safety
             [1] In times past, there was a multitude of counselors,
             [2] Our government, our schools, and the family units were all under the guidance and
                     direction of God and his Holy Word
                     [a] Regardless of where you were, almost everyone believed about the same things,
                             and had the same basic values         
                     [b] At that time our children were watched by their neighbors,
                     [c] Children were corrected by any adult they met
                     [d] Our country, our homes and our churches were strong.
                     [e] There was safety

Proverbs 11:15
     15.  He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

     [A] He that refuses to sign a note for a stranger is smart
             [1] When one signs a note, he places himself and everything God has given him on  the line,
             [2] If the stranger forfeits on the note, and refused to pay, you will pay for him possibly losing
                     what you have been allowed to have.

     [B] He that hateth suretiship is sure
             [1] The person who hates putting himself into a position where he could lose what he has is
                     smart, and will retain what he has been given

     [C] One must remember
             [1] God told the Israelites when they loaned someone something, they were not to expect it                
                     back.
             [2] Secondly, when God gave the Children of Israel their land, they were to keep in in their                 
                     family forever.
                     [a] It was not to be sold
                     [b] It could be sold for a period of time, but every seventh year, it had to be returned to
                             the original owner.
                     [c] To put your land up for collateral for someone could possibly cause you to lose that
                             land forever, therefore they would have been breaking God’s law

Proverbs 11:16
     16.  A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

     [A] A gracious woman retaineth honour
             [1] A gracious woman works hard to have a good reputation
             [2] She is careful to do noting that people can ridicule her about
             [3] She is graceful in all here ways, and is a woman who deserves respect

     [B] Strong men retain riches
             [1] Just as a strong man retains his riches - so a gracious woman retained her honor
             [2] Just as strong men are to secure their estates - a gracious women is secure in their honor
                     by their prudence and good conduct.

     [C] It takes a strong man to retain his riches,
             [1] He must be strong in keeping it instead of spending it
             [2] He must be strong so that others do not take it from him

     [D] It takes a strong woman to remain honorable and gracious
             [1] She must be strong so as not to allow herself slip and do or say things she does not want to
                     do or say
             [2] She must be strong so no-one can harm her reputation in any way

Proverbs 11:17
     17.  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

     [A] The merciful man doeth good to his own soul
             [1] It only stands to reason that a merciful man has a clear conscious and is happy with
                     Himself
             [2] A merciful man is a kind, compassionate man, who is a give instead of a taker
             [3] He is a man who helps his fellowmen and as a result everyone loves him
             [4] He is a blessing to his own flesh - his own family because others tell them what a
                     wonderful man he is

     [B] He that is cruel troubleth his own flesh
             [1] A Cruel man is not only a trouble to himself, he is a trouble to his family
             [2] People does not like to be around someone who is cruel
             [3] Neighbors and friends are weary of him
             [4] The family is pities instead of loved
             [5] For the most part, the family is ashamed of the cruel person

Proverbs 11:18
     18. The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure
           reward.

     [A] The wicked works a deceitful work
             [1] They build their house upon the sand
             [2] When the storms of life come he falls apart and everything he has falls with him
             [3] He thinks by his wealth and power he has it made, and will never have problems
             [4] His deceitfulness eventually cuts his throat as it smiles at him.
             [5] Even if the man in his deceit has great rewards on this earth, in the end he will have
                     nothing, and will lose his reward

     [B] He that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward
             [1] The righteous sow good seek
             [2] He makes it his business to do good, with an eye on his future reward
             [3]Even if the man on earth fails, he still has his eternal reward  

Proverbs 11:19
     19. As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

     [A] To live a holy righteous like is to live a happy life
             [1] As one draws nearer to God, their hear is filled with joy
             [2] The closer to God one comes, and the holier they live, the more blessings God pours out
                     on them
             [3] The nearer to God one is, the happier and  more fulfilled one becomes.
             [4] Righteousness inclines, and leads, the soul to life.

     [B] Those who indulge in sin are fitting themselves for destruction.
             [1] The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits
                     [a] The more bent he is upon his own destruction
             [2] Evil has a way of getting hold of a person, and eventually leads them to eternal death

Proverbs 11:20
     20. They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their
           way are his delight.

     [A] That nothing is more offensive to God than hypocrisy and double-dealing
             [1] These are signified by the word which we translate  frowardness, pretending justice, but
                     intending wrong, walking in crooked ways, to avoid discovery.
             [2] Those are of a froward heart who act in contradiction to that which is good, under a
                     profession of that which is good, and such are, more than any sinners, an abomination
                     to the Lord        
             [3] Such are an abomination to God

     [B]  There is nothing more pleasing to God than sincerity and plain- dealing
             [1] Those that are upright in their way
             [2] Those who act with integrity
             [3] Those who converse simply and with godly sincerity instead of fleshly wisdom
             [4] Such are a delight to God

     [C] God desired us to be honest, straightforward, and godly in all our actions and deeds.