Proverbs’ Successful Business
Principle #5: Be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of wealth.
( 30:8-9 ) Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food that is my portion lest I be full and deny Thee and say ,”Who is the Lord?” or lest I be in want and steal and profane the name of my God.
RICHES can GIVE YOU FAVOR and OPPORTUNITY:
( 19:4 ) Wealth adds many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friends.
( 19:7 ) All the brothers of a poor man hate him. How much more do his friends go far from him? He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
( 14:20 ) The poor is hated even by his neighbor, but those who love the rich are many.
( 10:15 ) The rich man’s wealth is his fortress. The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
RICHES can PROVIDE a FALSE HOPE:
( 11:28 ) He who trusts in his riches will fall.
( 18:11 ) A rich man’s wealth is his strong city and like a high wall in his own imagination.
RICHES can be TEMPORARY and FLEETING:
( 23:4-5 ) Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it’s gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings, like an eagle, that flies toward the heavens.
RICHES can breed EGOTISM and ARROGANCE:
( 18:23 ) The poor man utters supplications but the rich man answers roughly.
Principle #6: Generosity leads to financial success.
GIVE to the LORD:
( 3:9-10 ) Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce, so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats overflow with new wine.
GIVE to OTHERS:
( 11:25 ) The generous man will be prosperous and he who waters will himself be watered.
( 19:17 ) He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord and He will repay him for his good deed.
( 11:24a ) There is one who scatters yet increases all the more.
( 19:16 ) Many will entreat the favor of a generous man and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.