Wednesday, June 8, 2022
11 When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes;
evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.
12 Mean-spirited slander is heartless;
quiet discretion accompanies good sense.
13 A gadabout gossip can’t be trusted with a secret,
but someone of integrity won’t violate a confidence.
14 Without good direction, people lose their way;
the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
15 Whoever makes deals with strangers is sure to get burned;
if you keep a cool head, you’ll avoid rash bargains.
-Proverbs 11:11-15 The Message
11 By the blessing of the upright, a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked, it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors, there is safety.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
Verse 14 study: A good leader will use the tool of wise counselors. A person’s perspective and understanding are limited; they may not have all the facts or are blinded by bias, emotions, or wrong impressions. To be a wise leader at home, at church, or at work, seek counsel from others, and be open to their advice. Then, after getting all the facts, make your decision.