The three sons of a lawyer, a doctor, and a minister, respectively, were talking about how much money their fathers made. The
lawyer’s son said, “My father goes into court on a case and often comes home with as much as fifteen hundred dollars.” The
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In this passage we find several comparisons:
A comparison is made between love and hatred (vv. 10-12). Love makes people live peacefully with each other because it forgives the faults of others. it does not dwell on their faults (I Cor. 13:5). On the other hand hatred results in dissension and causes people to despise one another. When love is lacking, it is easy to play the part of a talebearer which only tends to add to the evil. We are not to show an indifference to evil, but in love help our brother, in sin, confess it and make it right with the Lord and those he has wronged. A good example of exercising a love that covereth is found in Nathan’s dealing with David (II Sam. 12:1-14).
Next we find a comparison between a wise man and a foolish man (vv. 13-14). A wise person stores up knowledge and holds it for the right occasion while a fool spouts off the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Also we find a comparison between the rich and the poor (v. 15). Although a person should never trust in his wealth, it can provide a hedge against some disasters. Poverty brings continual problems to the poor in this life. But, in reference to eternity, riches will not profit in the day of wrath; neither will poverty interfere with future glory. (Luke 16:19-31).
Scripture says that it is not good to compare ourselves with others. Is it ever right to hate someone? What should be my attitude toward a murderer or an adulterer? A modern day example of how this works (Example: The widows of the five martyrs in Equador).
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense. The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near. A rich man's wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin. The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin.
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Proverbs 8:12-21Characteristics of Wisdom That Can Become Ours
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Proverbs 9:13-18The Way of Folly
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Proverbs 10:11-16Contrasts in Life
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Proverbs 10:25-32The Contrast of Righteousness And Wickedness
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Proverbs 11:6-11A Hyprocrite is Ready to Falsely Accuse
Proverbs 11:12-15A Discussion of Community Relationships
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Proverbs 11:26-31Only The Righteous Have a Secure Future
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