Proverbs 25 July 25, 2016
These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from the silver,
and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;
7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
What you have seen with your eyes
8 do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
is a ruling rightly given.
12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
too much of you, and they will hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot
is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
or like vinegar poured on a wound,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.
“A person who gathers in the fields is wise. A person who sleeps and is lazy is a shame to himself and family.” God tells us to apply our heart to our work for his glory. He gave us the ability to achieve his goals for us. He tells us we will not be perfect but to continue to strive to work in his glory.
“Listen to me. I am training you to work and to set your mind on the good things of life and not to listen to the evil.” Often when I am tired, I remember that he is my strength and I take pleasure on leaning on him. He listens to our prayers and knows or needs. The Bible says he gets pleasure when we lean on him and trust him for our needs.
“A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword and a sharp arrow.” Gossip hurts; good people tell of positive and happy thoughts to describe other people. Often part of the story is made up or not based on total truth. The Bible tells us the tongue is full of deadly poison. Sometimes family members or neighbors do not even know why they are distant to each other. Forgiveness is the bi-product of love. While it is hard to do, we should pray that we will recognize the people who are insecure about themselves and need someone to stand with them and love them. I remember to pray, "Father forgive me for thinking that this is not my problem. Help me to care for others as you do."
“Thou dealt with my servant, oh Lord, according unto thy word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept thy word. Thou are good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precept with my whole heart.” (Psalm 119:65-69)