but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
Whoever brings blessingwill be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
(Proverbs 11:12-15, 19, 25, 27-29)
This chapter is full of a variety of sayings, some of which are very memorable, like the one that became a book and movie title (Inherit the Wind) and verse 22, not mentioned above: "Likea gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion." But the outstanding word of the chapter is "Whoever." These are universal saying of standard truth. They are the norm. Our problem is that we think we can "beat the odds" and that these truths to not apply to us. We violate the truths of "Whoever Land" in arrogant pride, and mess up our lives and the lives of those around us. So, look through these laws, ponder these truths. Which ones are you violating now? What are the results? For you, your family, your church family, and others who depend on you to keep them.