Proverbs 25

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More Proverbs of Solomon

25     These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied 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 out comes material for the silversmith;

5 remove the wicked 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 great men;

7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”

than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.

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 argue your case with a neighbor,

do not betray another man’s confidence,

10 or he who hears it may shame you

and you will never lose your bad reputation.

11 A word aptly spoken

is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold

is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.

That is easy advice to give but tough to take.  Yet if I get wise criticism from others I am hurting myself to ignore it.  I find that it is easier to take “criticism” when reading it in books or the Bible, as it is less personal then.  I don’t get as defensive because I don’t have another human there to see my immediate reactions.

13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time

is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;

he refreshes the spirit of his masters.

14 Like clouds and wind without rain

is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.

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 he will hate you.

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow

is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.

19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot

is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.

God puts a high priority on honesty in regular life and in court.  Having a trusted friend is of great value.

20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,

or like vinegar poured on soda,

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.

This advice runs counter to what the world will tell you.  Christianity (and at this time, Judaism) turns the world upside down, which is really to say it puts it back the way God intended it.

23 As a north wind brings rain,

so a sly tongue brings angry looks.

24 Better to live on a corner of the roof

than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

People usually chuckle at that verse but consider its truth.  You could marry an extremely attractive person, but how wise is that if they treat you poorly or are unfaithful? 

25 Like cold water to a weary soul

is good news from a distant land.

26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well

is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

27 It is not good to eat too much honey,

nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.

28 Like a city whose walls are broken down

is a man who lacks self-control.

Self control is a key success factor in life.  You’ll do and say far fewer stupid things which cause pain for yourself and others.  And seeking glory for ourselves usually turns out badly.

 The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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16 Responses

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  2. Honesty: This area is so easy for Christians to “justify” as “OK” or “Just a little white lie”, it is so SMALL compared to the real sins. God’s Word teaches they are all sins and deserve repentance and correction. The problem with so called “small” sins is they so easily lead to the next “larger” sin and the next and the next. God’s Word and these verses show us to not be sucked into the worldly view – it is a trap of the evil one. Being into the word pictures as I am, I see it as stepping into the muddy edge of a pond with the slope going down into the water. Once you are in, it is easier to head toward the water and to even think the dirty water will clean you off. Luckily, you decide to step back out and clean off and it takes some time but worth it. You realize it would have been better to just stay out of the mud altogether.

  3. Hi Neil,
    Thanks for this post. I need reminders of God’s truth all the time. I have returned to blogging, because I want to see people turn to Christ. My new blog is http://www.preciousbloodofchrist.wordpress.com.
    Andrea

  4. Hi Neil:
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  6. As a recently married man, I think I can confidently say that for a Christian man (or at least for me), a Godly attitude in a woman is far more attractive than a perfect figure! And what luck! That attitude leads to exactly the kind of woman described in the 31st chapter of this book. And what a blessing such a lady is, both to her husband and to the world at large.

  7. There is a great deal of meat in this psalm. We would do well to study it carefully.

  8. Thanks for sharing your insight.

  9. Proverbs 25:24 is pretty funny.

  10. The only way people can have self control is through Christ… I liked this study and its difficult to live to this scripture because people honestly dont want to its a surrender issue

  11. Proverbs is such rich source of practical advice for daily living. The portion from verse 24 is especially helpful for people today who place so little value on marriage and relationships.

  12. Love these proverbs.

  13. The bible is a difficult book for many to understand. Many seek to please God with their own works of righteousness in the flesh. However, the bible is spiritual and can only be followed through faith in Jesus Christ. Here is a great bible study website that opens up the bible spiritually for those who have trouble understanding it.

  14. It is proved that Bible has its own words, those words have deep meaning…
    Thank you for the post..

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