How do you treat your neighbor?

Proverbs Bible Background

Old Testament: Pro 11.12

To read the Bible in a year, read Proverbs 11–12 on September 7, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

How we treat our neighbor declares whether we have wisdom or whether we fail to understand other people:

He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace.

– Proverbs 11.12

Make your own observations. Watch someone who lacks wisdom and see how he treats other people. Watch another person who is a man or woman of understanding and watch how he treats others.

Or make your observations in the opposite direction. Find someone who despises his neighbor, then see whether he has wisdom. Find someone who holds his peace, then see whether he seeks to understand others.


  • Do you despise others or do you seek to live in peace?
  • Are you a person of understanding?

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