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Daily Bible Verse - 8/22/2007 - Proverbs 11:28

NIV Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
KJV He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
NASB He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
Proverbs 11:28
This proverb addresses the folly of trusting in riches. The second line can easily be misinterpreted to mean that righteousness always leads to success. The proverb actually addresses a person's attitude toward wealth. It is foolish to trust in riches instead of God.

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (Pr 11:28). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Related Parable
16. And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'

18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '

20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Luke 12:16-21 (NIV)

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