A Prosperous Chapter 11

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The words “chapter 11,” usually mean ruin and bankruptcy, but I recently enjoyed a chapter 11 filled with prosperity. It’s from the book of Proverbs.  Trust me—this is better than a multi-vitamin.

There’s a common thread in this chapter that goes something like this: It pays to be good. If you think about it, this is generally true. Sure, bad things do happen to good people, but for the most part, people with integrity, people who are honest, trustworthy and responsible—these are not the people you typically find in jail. In fact, these are usually the people who do well for themselves in life, no matter what their circumstances, even through the storms (even when they are unjustly jailed!).

Consider just a few gems from chapter 11*

The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

Those who are kind benefit themselves,
but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

Truly the righteous attain life,
but whoever pursues evil finds death.

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.

I think this is one of my favorites.

A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Guidance, life, relative safety, refreshment: There is a trove of blessings and benefits here for those who live with integrity. I highly recommend this kind of  “chapter 11” (along with the other 30 chapters of Provers).  A chapter a day keeps stupidity away.

Read more and tell me—what benefits do you see here for the good and “upright” person?

*New International Version

Today’s post reflects ideas in a book I’m writing about wisdom. The book focuses on the Proverbs and other books of wisdom.  Stay tuned for more…

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