The generous soul will be made rich,

And he who waters will also be watered himself.




Being told to be generous without an explanation is not very pleasant for many, if not all of us.

This proverb does something different. It states the outcome of being generous. It says that the “generous soul” receives wealth.

The fact that the soul is mentioned here shows that merely giving something grudgingly does not show a generous spirit.

This proverb may be twisted like the previous one (and probably is) by televangelists who draw in their audience with soaring music and smooth tongues, asking them to give most generously to their massive “ministries” aka personal coffers.

This proverb assumes the reader is going to wisely give their money to worthwhile causes, even those without expected return.

It’s simply saying the giver’s freewill gift of money or time will be rewarded. It is not saying you will get back exactly an equal amount of wealth for your obedience, just that you will be blessed highly yourself.

It’s a lovely picture of pouring out your effort on others, and receiving back blessing and effort from God (possibly through others) in wonderful ways.

I like to think that God gives blessing to those who trust Him with their circumstances, when they give much to their ministry.

I know many ministries that run daily by God’s grace as those involved offer their generous efforts, watering and likewise being watered. It is a blessed thing to witness indeed. Amen.

This is dedicated to all the faithful ministries that in relying on God, they are incredibly blessed in so many ways.


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Are you offended by what I write, or because of God’s Word

If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

One thought on “A Generous Hand (Part 2) – Proverbs 11:25

  1. James PearceI think the exegetical tool for understanding a proverb is to realise that it is a proverb. The proverbial promise is not the same thing as say Gods promise to Abraham in Genesis 12. For example, the English proverbs "Many hands make light work" and "Too many cooks spoil the broth" appear conpletely contradictory yet both are true in differing circumstances and must be applied as such. Proverbial promises cannot be claimed in every situation, rather they are general principles to live by. I don’t believe that Proverbs are exclusively for OT Israel, since all scripture is profitable for instruction and rebuke, but i do believe we must receive them as ultimately being fulfilled in Christ and therefore I do agree that the blessings received are eternal riches in Jesus, far more blessed than receiving monetary reward. If you want to see this Proverb in action in Jesus teaching just turn up Matthew 5 and read the beatitudes. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven". As the people of God we sacrifice much for riches in heaven. In Paul, it is "It is more blessed to give than to receive". Jesus also asked the rich young ruler to sell all, give to the poor, in order to receive eternal life.In the Old Testament the promise of spiritual blessing was closely linked to the material wealth and wellbeing of the nation, it is understandable therefore that the wise sayings of old would reflect this aspect of the old covenant. Its not too hard now though as a Christian to see that where once Gods people longed for wealth and security in the land, we now seek an eternal kingdom, and will inherit the whole earth. The beauty of this proverb is that the blessings promised have magnified a million fold, if we give in the name of our Lord Jesus and trust in him.

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