Be Generous and Seek Good

The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25)

It is a great advantage of our own to do good to others. The liberal soul, the soul of blessing, that prays for the afflicted and provides for them, that scatters blessings with gracious lips and generous hands, that soul shall be made fat with true pleasure and enriched with more grace. Men that have a sense of gratitude will return it if there be good occasion; the merciful shall find mercy and the kind kindly dealt with. We shall be enabled still to do yet more good: he that waters, even he shall be as rain; he shall be recruited as the clouds are which return after the rain, and shall be further useful and acceptable, as the rain to the new-mown grass. He that teaches shall learn, he that uses knowledge in teaching others shall himself be taught of God; to him that has, and uses what he has, more shall be given.

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
But trouble will come to him who seeks evil. (Proverbs 11:27)

Those that are diligent to do good in the world get themselves beloved both with God and man. He that rises early to that which is good, that seeks opportunities of serving his friends and relieving the poor, and lays out himself therein, procures favor. All about him love him, and speak well of him, and will be ready to do him a kindness and which is better than that, better than life, he has God’s loving-kindness. Those that are diligent to do mischief however, are preparing ruin for themselves. It shall come unto them; some time they will be paid with their own coin.

– Excerpts from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Old Testament, Proverbs 11 studies

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