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Proverbs 11:17 | Good to His Own Soul

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Week 42: Proverbs 11:17

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Scripture Memory

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. Proverbs 11:17

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that icruel troubleth his own flesh. Proverbs 11:17

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Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. Proverbs 11:17

Merciful | חֶסֶד

ḥeseḏ

Pronunciation: kheh'-sed

Definition:

  • goodness, kindness, faithfulness
  • a reproach, shame

Translations:

  • mercy 149x
  • kindness 40x
  • lovingkindness 30x
  • merciful 4x
  • pity 1x

Doeth Good | גָּמַל

gāmal

Pronunciation: gaw-mal'

Definition:

  • to deal fully with, recompense
  • to deal bountifully with
  • to wean a child
  • to ripen

Translations:

  • wean 10x
  • dealt bountifully 4x
  • bestowed 2x
  • do good 1x

Soul | נֶפֶשׁ

nep̄eš

Pronunciation: neh'-fesh

Definition:

  • soul, self, person, mind, living being, desire
  • the man himself, self, person or individual
  • seat of emotions and passions
  • activity of the mind, will, or character

Translations:

  • soul 475x
  • life 117x
  • person 29x
  • mind 15x
  • body 8x

Troubleth | עָכַר

ʿāḵar

Pronunciation: aw-kar'

Definition:

  • to trouble, stir up, disturb
  • to be disturbed, be stirred up
  • disturbance, calamity (participle)

Translations:

  • trouble 12x
  • stirred 1x
  • troubler 1x

Flesh | שְׁאֵר

šᵊ'ēr

Pronunciation: sheh-ayr'

Definition:

  • flesh, food, body, near kin, near kinswoman
  • flesh as food
  • flesh for physical power (fig)
  • self

Translations:

  • flesh 7x
  • near kinswoman 2x
  • food 1x
  • near kin 1x

Paraphrase

The [good, kind, faithful] man [deals bountifully] to his own [self]: but he that is cruel [disturbs] his own [body]. Proverbs 11:17

Bible Cross References

Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

James 2:13

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Reflections

About God

God is mercy – good, kind, faithful. We seek to become more like Christ, and these traits can only help us.

About Self

When I am cruel to others, or continue in my own sin, I am hurting myself most of all. Rather, I should be seeking to increase the “fruit of the Spirit” from Galations, which continue to draw me closer to Christ and fashion me more like Him.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • What traits of mine are truly imitating Christ, and therefore “dealing bountifully” with me? What traits are cruel and harmful to my growth as a Christian?

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