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Proverbs 11:14 & meaning...

Where 

there is no wise guidance, the nation falls, but in the multitude of counselors there is victory.

Proverbs 11:14

Context

Proverbs 11 [10.] When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices.

    When the wicked perish, there is shouting.

By the blessing of the upright, the city is exalted,

    but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

One who despises his neighbor is void of wisdom,

    but a man of understanding holds his peace.

One who brings gossip betrays a confidence,

    but one who is of a trustworthy spirit is one who keeps a secret.

Where there is no wise guidance, the nation falls,

    but in the multitude of counselors there is victory.

Proverbs 11 [15.] He who is collateral for a stranger will suffer for it,

    but he who refuses pledges of collateral is secure.


Meaning:

  • The Need for Wise Guidance:

The verse begins by emphasizing the necessity of wise guidance for the prosperity and stability of a nation or community. Without wise counsel and leadership, there is a risk of moral and societal decline, leading to the eventual downfall of the nation.

  • The Role of Counselors:

The second part of the verse highlights the value of seeking counsel from a multitude of advisors. By consulting with a diverse array of wise counselors, individuals and leaders can gain valuable perspectives and insights that contribute to making informed decisions and achieving success.


Significance:

Leadership and Governance: Proverbs 11:14 underscores the importance of wise leadership and governance in the functioning of society. It suggests that effective leadership requires humility and a willingness to seek advice and input from others, rather than relying solely on one's own understanding.

Community and Collaboration: The verse emphasizes the value of community and collaboration in decision-making processes. By involving a multitude of counselors representing different perspectives and areas of expertise, individuals and leaders can arrive at more comprehensive and well-rounded solutions to complex issues.

Humility and Teachability: Proverbs 11:14 encourages humility and teachability, both in leaders and individuals. It acknowledges that no one person has all the answers and that there is wisdom in seeking guidance from others who may have different insights and experiences.


Cross References:

Proverbs 15:22: Echoes the sentiment of seeking counsel from wise advisors: "Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established." This verse further emphasizes the importance of seeking advice in making plans and decisions.

Proverbs 24:6: Reinforces the concept of seeking wisdom and guidance from wise counselors: "For by wise counsel you wage your war; and in an abundance of counselors there is victory." This verse uses the metaphor of warfare to illustrate the importance of strategic planning and consultation with advisors.


In Conclusion: Proverbs 11:14 offers timeless wisdom regarding the value of seeking counsel and guidance from a multitude of advisors. It emphasizes the importance of wise leadership, community collaboration, and humility in decision-making processes. As we reflect on this verse, may we be reminded of the importance of seeking wise counsel in our own lives and leadership roles, recognizing that victory and success often come through collaboration and the wisdom of many.


PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible