Skip to comments.Proverb A Day, Proverb 25 [Prayer and Meditation]
Posted on 06/25/2014 8:17:19 AM PDT by OneVike
Proverb 25 (NKJV)
Rule Your Spirit
01 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of
00 Judah copied:
02 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
00 But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
03 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
00 So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
04 Take away the dross from silver,
00 And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
05 Take away the wicked from before the king,
00 And his throne will be established in righteousness.
06 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
00 And do not stand in the place of the great;
07 For it is better that he say to you,
00 "Come up here,"
00 Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,
00 Whom your eyes have seen.
08 Do not go hastily to court;
00 For what will you do in the end,
00 When your neighbor has put you to shame?
09 Debate your case with your neighbor,
00 And do not disclose the secret to another;
10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame,
00 And your reputation be ruined.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
00 In settings of silver.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
00 Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in time of harvest
00 Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
00 For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Whoever falsely boasts of giving
00 Is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,
00 And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
16 Have you found honey?
00 Eat only as much as you need,
00 Lest you be filled with it and vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house,
00 Lest he become weary of you and hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor
00 Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble
00 Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.
20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather,
00 And like vinegar on soda,
00 Is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
00 And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
00 And the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
00 And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
24 It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
0 Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
25 As cold water to a weary soul,
0o So is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked
00 Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.
27 It is not good to eat much honey;
00 So to seek one's own glory is not glory.
28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
00 Is like a city broken down, without walls.
The purpose of Writing the book of Proverbs by Solomon is to reveal the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations. It appears that no topic escaped King Solomon's attention. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and Godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings.
Without wisdom, knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, influenced by emotional feelings. Many highly educated people are in positions of power in the United States, but very few of those educated leaders have the wisdom needed to rule properly.
One can say that they have been educated well beyond their intelligence. A cursory look at the court system will prove my point that knowledge without wisdom will only lead to an immoral society that eventually crumbles from within. Judges are supposed to be above the fray, and immovable to emotions. Instead, the vast majority of judges today are Godless individuals who are vacant of wisdom. So their rulings are totally based upon emotional feelings.
We the people are to blame, because we ignored God';s guidance in appointing our leaders. Instead of putting leaders full wisdom in power, we instead chose those who would scratch our itchy ears to lead us.
Along with my daily routine of reading the Bible, I try to read through the book of Proverbs once a Month. It's an easy task when you consider there are 31 Proverbs. So all you need to know is what day of the Month it is to know which Proverb to read. In the Months that have less than 31 days, I just double so I can begin the next month with Proverb 1 on the first again.
Thanks for posting this series.
Thank you, Preacher, for the post and ping.
There is much wisdom here.