Proverbs 25:1 “These also are proverbs of Solomon…”
Book is a compilation. Solomon’s proverbs may have been written in scattered texts and then copied into this group.
2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”
Riches of the knowledge of God are deep and unsearchable as though concealed. It is up to man to search them out, to determine to know and learn more of Him. He can be found when we search with our whole hearts.
4-5 “Take away the dross from silver…Take away the wicked from before the king…”
Once purified, the silver is fit to be used. When the king rejects evil, he is able to establish justice for all.
6-7 Taught by Jesus in Luke 14. Unity of the scriptures.
8-10 “Debate your case with your neighbor…”
Also what Jesus taught. If you have something against your neighbor or if he wrongs you, go to him alone and discuss it. Only after he refuses to listen do you involve others.
11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.”
A kind word at the right time. Have experienced this twice. True words.
14 “Whoever falsely boasts of giving Is like clouds and wind without rain.”
A lot of bother with no substance. Totally useless.
15 “By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.”
Gentle but persistent persuasion.
16 “…Eat only as much as you need…”
Over indulgence or gluttony is wrong.
17 “Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, Lest he become weary of you and hate you.”
Amusing but true. Don’t wear out your welcome.
19 “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.”
Can’t stand up to the pressure.
20 “…And like vinegar on soda, Is one who sings songs to a heavy heart”
What should be soothing can become an irritant in the right circumstances. Wise to be aware of someone’s feelings when trying to help.
21-22 “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.”
Taught by Christ and Paul. Our attitude and actions should always reflect the heart of Christ regardless of what we receive from others. Coals of fire aren’t vengeance, but a means to change the heart, probably through shame and having given evil for good received. Kindness shown can melt the hardest of hearts.
24 “…Than in a house shared with a contentious woman”
Another repeat of this sentiment.
26 “A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.”
Unfaithfulness. Can’t count on him. Even though righteous, has become useless.
27 “…So to seek one’s own glory is not glory”
While honey is healthy, not eating is sometimes healthier. Glory isn’t accomplished by seeking for it, but in denying self.
28 “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.”
Bad attitudes leave the door open to other kinds of harm.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
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