- Proverbs 11:26-31
- Prov 11:26 (KJB)
- He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but
blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
- Withholdeth - Refuse
- This verse speaks of someone in authority who has the corn stored up and
refuses to sell it to the people so they can use it to cook or to plant
their own crops. Maybe this person is holding out till the people get
desperate and then they will pay a much higher price. No matter what
scenario is in view, lack of food is a life threatening situation. The
person in view may be cutting their own throat with their own greed because
the corn may rot in his barns before he gets his price increase. On the
other hand, the person who has corn for sale and sells it at a decent price,
the people will bless him and the Lord will bless him, for he is not dealing
treacherously with the people. He is being an honest businessman and has
treated his clients without prejudice.
- There is also a great spiritual aspect to this verse.
(Joel 2:19 KJV) Yea, the LORD will answer and
say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye
shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among
the heathen: In Joel 2:19, God promises to send
corn, wine, and oil which are all pictures of the true Gospel. When we
connect the Joel verse to our Proverbs verse, we see there are two types of
teachers in view. The first one, is the one who learns but does not give out
the proper Gospel. The unsaved learn a Gospel which is tied to this world
and cannot save anyone. This type of Gospel will lead a person to Judgment
Day and there they will curse the one who lead them astray.
(Isa 55:1 KJV) Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Then we look at the second person in view. The one who
studies the Scriptures and brings the true Gospel, thus leading many to the
Lord will be blessed of the Lord and the people who are saved will count him
as a blessing. We must be very careful, just because someone teaches the
Bible does not mean they have the truth and if they do not like what they
are studying, they may also suppress the truth and not bring it to the
people, thus keeping them in darkness.
- Prov 11:27 (KJB)
- He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he
that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
- Procureth - Searches out
- Favour - Pleasure, will, or wish
- Mischief - Evil
- Here is a verse which speaks about two different goals in life. The
first one is the saved person who consistently lives for seeking to do good.
(Gal 6:10 KJV) As we have therefore
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who
are of the household of faith. The saved are
counseled to do good, especially to the household of faith which are other
believers. They seek to expand the kingdom of God by doing the greatest work
of good a person can do and that is to bring the true Gospel to others. On
the other hand, the unsaved person who lives for the pursuit of evil in this
world will not have to look far and long because it is around every corner.
The problem with seeking evil is that the unsaved do not see it as evil as
they rename sin. (Isa 5:20 KJV) Woe unto
them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and
light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
God warns those who do evil and rename it for the purpose
of mollifying the guilt and true nature of the sin. For example, one of the
renaming of sins is: Affair=Adultery In our world, they call adultery an
affair. As they continue to deceive themselves, they that seek sin never
count on the consequences being close at hand.
- Prov 11:28 (KJB)
- He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall
flourish as a branch.
- Flourish - Bud, blossom, or break out
- As we have previously seen, riches are not a stable fortress but rather
a tree in the wind. Riches can be lost at anytime and in many ways. On
Judgment Day, those who trusted in their riches will definitely fall because
if their trust was riches, then that was their savior. The riches will not
have done anything for them because all their sins were retained and now
they must pay for those sins. On the contrary, the righteous shall flourish
like a branch. The branch, as long as it is connected to the tree, will
bring forth blossoms, and then leaves. Just like the branch, the saved will
also flourish as they bring the true Gospel, they will see people become
saved and they will be like a branch with blossoms to those they witness to.
One thing about a branch, it grows slowly each year and that is how the
believer grows, slowly, for one can never rush the growth process.
- Prov 11:29 (KJB)
- He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the
fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
- Troubleth - To disturb or stir up
- Those who tend to bring troubles into their own home will inherit only
the wind, that is, there will be no advantage to anyone who disturbs their
home. The home is to be a place of refuge for the family and he that stirs
up the nest, in a negative manner, will gain nothing by it except the
disrespect of their family. It is unfortunate that many in ministry have
done this. They have sacrificed their family for the ministry and have
reaped the wind. Nowhere does God say that the family is to be neglected in
lieu of ministry. Then the verse goes on to say that a fool will eventually
serve the wise man. Fools never make proper decisions and sometimes they
must be bailed out by the wise man and in this sense they become their
servant. If the foolish man is given finances to help him out by the wise
man, then the foolish man become the servant to the wise man until the debt
is repaid. (Prov 22:7 KJV) The rich
ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
- Prov 11:30 (KJB)
- The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth
souls is wise.
- The term “fruit” characterizes everything which the righteous tend to
do. Their goal in this life is to bring the Gospel to as many as they can
and in the process, they are bearing fruit, as a tree bears fruit except
they are likened to a tree of life and that tree of life is the eternal
Gospel. In Revelation, the term, tree of life is a synonym for the Lord
Jesus Christ. Those who are saved show their salvation in the form of being
wise as they send out the Gospel to win souls for the Lord Jesus Christ. As
Christians, our reason of continued existence in this world is to send forth
the gospel and to make new converts for the Lord Jesus Christ. Without us
sending forth the Gospel, what reason does God have to keep us here after
salvation, He may as well just take us home but He keeps us here to continue
to evangelize until the last day.
- Prov 11:31 (KJB)
- Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much
more the wicked and the sinner.
- Recompensed - To be complete or to be at peace
- Here is the capstone of the chapter comparing the saved and the unsaved.
First of all, the saved of earth will be recompensed in the earth.
“Recompense” carries with it the meaning of to be complete or be at peace.
The question we must ask ourselves, is, when will the believer be at peace
or complete? The answer, is in the New Heavens and the New Earth. Then our
salvation will be complete and we will be at complete peace because there
will be no sin to taunt and tempt us ever again. The wicked and the sinner,
which are really one group but God is emphasizing the fact that those who
believe they are not as wicked as those who have committed major sins, such
as murder, robbery, rape, etc. He is showing us that even sinners, those who
commit everyday sins, are just as guilty as those who commit large sins.
Both groups will be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ and they too
will be made complete by being judged and cast into eternal hell.