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Bible Commentaries

Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

Proverbs 11

Verses 1-31

Some regard the division now entered upon as the original nucleus of the whole collection of proverbs (see the first sentence of verse one). The division extends really to the close of chapter 22, and contains “maxims, precepts and admonitions with respect to the most diverse relations of life.” In so much of it as is covered by the present lesson we have a contrast “between the godly and the ungodly, and their respective lots in life.”

We have this contrast set before us, first in general terms (chap. 10), and after that, to the end of the lesson, in detail, as follows:

As to the just and unjust, and good and bad conduct towards one’s neighbor (chap. 11) As to the domestic and public associations (chap. 12) As to the use of a temporal good, and of the Word of God as the highest good (chap. 13) As to the relation between the wise and the foolish, the rich and the poor, masters and servants (chap. 14) As to the various other relations and callings in life, especially within the sphere of religion (chap. 15)


This lesson is not suggestive of questions, but contains verses it would be well to memorize. For example, in:

Proverbs 10:7 ; Proverbs 10:9 ; Proverbs 10:14 ; Proverbs 10:22 ; Proverbs 10:25 ; Proverbs 11:1-2 ; Proverbs 11:13 ; Proverbs 11:24-26 ; Proverbs 11:30 ; Proverbs 13:7 ; Proverbs 13:15 ; Proverbs 13:24 ; Proverbs 14:10 ; Proverbs 14:12 ; Proverbs 14:25 ; Proverbs 14:27 ; Proverbs 14:32 ; Proverbs 14:34 ; Proverbs 15:1 ; Proverbs 15:3 ; Proverbs 15:8 .

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Gray, James. "Commentary on Proverbs 11". Gray's Concise Bible Commentary. 1897-1910.