Proverbs 11-12

Proverbs 11-12

Chapter 11: We Need to Save Souls

The works of good vs. the works of evil and their respective rewards are contrasted in this chapter.

“An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:9)

                Those who have no knowledge or very little knowledge will easily become a hypocrite. However, the righteous will overcome the hypocrite with knowledge.

“He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.” (Proverbs 11:12)

Someone who is uneducated and completely lacking any class or wisdom will hate his neighbor, but the man who is righteous, with knowledge and class will just hold it inside.

“…he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30) When it really comes down to everything in this life, the most important thing is to save your soul and the souls of those around you. Spread good will and be GOOD to everyone around you. Do as Jesus would.

Chapter 12: The Way of the Fool is Right… in his OWN EYES.

This chapter opens up with the simple “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge, but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” (Proverbs 12:1) Essentially this is saying that those who love knowledge and instruction love criticism, because they know it will make them better. Those however who hate criticism and don’t want to be corrected are like savages and beasts.

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is a rottenness in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4) I think this is a great verse, first we learn that women and men should be “virtuous, which is defined as: 1. with moral integrity: having or showing moral goodness or righteousness and 2. chaste: not having sexual intercourse with anyone except a partner in marriage, especially a husband.

So we learn that we need to be morally clean and have sex only in the bounds of marriage. If a woman is morally clean and generally a good person, a man should seek her out and desire those traits. When found, that man should hold his wife to high esteem and consider her precious and of great worth. However if a woman (or man for the ladies) comes a long and is not one of those things, then it really is like a rotten cancer that has no place in that person’s life.

In this chapter we also learn of the value of animal life; “A righteous man regardeth the life of the beast…” (Proverbs 12:10) Does that mean that we can’t kill animals? No, we most certainly can… if it is for food. In modern scriptures we read; “For behold the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which cometh of the earth, is ordained for the use of man for food and for raiment , and that he might have in abundance.” (Doctrine and Covenants  49:19) So like this Proverb states, we should regard the life of the animal and only kill when it is necessary.

Finally this Proverbs ends nicely with a great reminder to those who like to hear their own voice… “A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness” (Proverbs 12:23) Those who claim to know it all and keep talking like they know it all will eventually (if not immediately) spew foolishness from their mouths.

Job 11-12

Job 11-12

Chapter 11: By searching we can find God

Zophar criticizes Job for his complaining. Infact, Zophar tells Job that he actually deserves far worse from God.

                “…he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.” (Job 11:6)

                We can learn two very important things here… our knowledge is far less than God’s. Why? Well every day we are discovering new technology, right? Therefore we still do not know everything, to say that we know all is absolutely ridiculous! God knows all and we should trust him. Secondly; God is full of mercy and when we do something wrong, the punishment is probably far less than what we actually deserve.

Zophar then goes on to teach Job about theology.

“Canst thou by searching find out God?” (Job 11:7)

Zophar, essentially criticizes Job, by telling him that God is transparent and should not be questioning Him. Zophar believed that the best thing Job could do was to accept his punishment from God instead of protesting the injustice of it. In Zophar’s mind, Job’s punishment was just and God was actually giving Job less than he deserved.

Zophar then calls upon Job to repent. If Job repents then he will be able to lift up his face to God without spot…

“…thou shalt be stedfast, and shall not fear… thou shalt shine forth… thou shalt be secure, because there is hope… thou shalt take thy rest in safety… none shall make thee afraid…” (Job 11:15-19)

If we do something to wrong God (not saying that Job did anything wrong), but if WE do SIN, we must REPENT. If we do repent then we are promised to have a feeling of hope, that we will be safe and we won’t fear man, but only God.

Chapter 12: The souls of all things are in God’s hands.

Job sarcastically answers Zophar and his other friends.

“No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. But I have an understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these? I am as one mocked of his neighbor…” (Job 12:2-4) 

Job was very frustrated with his friend and made two very important points;  First, that he also was a man of understanding. Second, that the principles presented by Zophar and the others were already widely known.

Job goes on to say that all creation knows the power of God (7-12). He returns the favor to his friends by telling them that their wisdom is so simple that even the earth, the animals and all life know the same.

Job goes on to describe the great power of God. Here, Job rebuked the previous speech of Zophar (Job 11), especially where Zophar criticized Job for not knowing God and likened him to an empty-headed man (Job 11:7-12). Here Job showed that he did indeed know that God was great in wisdom and strength, and that He was mighty in counsel and understanding.