Today’s bible study is Proverbs 11:1-3: A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
While we all enjoy pride in accomplishment, we must remember that pride without humility is of little value. None of us likes to be with people who are prideful. We do not enjoy listening to their achievements and hearing time and time again how wonderful talented, beautiful, wealthy or popular they are. Whether there is any truth in it or not, it does not a loving person make.
Yet, humility is a virtue that can be learned and, with humility, often wisdom does come. Many of us are familiar with the words: None is as brave as he who stoops to conquer. How true this is! Sometimes the greatest acts are most significant if we stoop in humility.
Today’s verse is in a section of Proverbs believed by biblical scholars and commentators, to be from Solomon. This large section contains 375 of Solomon’s individual proverbs. They are in no apparent order, with only occasional grouping by subject, and are often without a context to quality their application.
Further study shows that the word pride is from a root meaning to boil or to run over, indicating an overwhelming arrogant attitude or behavior. It is used again of ordinary men in Deuteronomy, of kings in Nebuchadnezzar, of false prophets in Deuteronomy, and even of murderers in Exodus. This powerful phrase also appears in Micah: Walk humbly with your God.
This humble and teachable spirit is, first of all, directed toward God. Help us to do away with our prideful ways and never maintain a false balance. Make our spirits teachable and directed toward God. Humility was the way of the disciples and the way of Jesus. Let it be our way as well, teaching us always to live with humility so that we might gain wisdom of the ways of God through His son, Jesus Christ.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor
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