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God’s Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 25
Pro 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
Pro 25:3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Pro 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;
Pro 25:5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Pro 25:6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great,
Pro 25:7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen
Pro 25:8 do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
Pro 25:9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret,
Pro 25:10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
Pro 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Pro 25:12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Pro 25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Pro 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
Pro 25:15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Pro 25:16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Pro 25:17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
Pro 25:18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
Pro 25:19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
Pro 25:20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.
Pro 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
Pro 25:22 for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
Pro 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
Pro 25:24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Pro 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Pro 25:26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
Pro 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
Pro 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Notes on Wisdom from Proverbs 25
4) Jesus did this for us, with the dross being sin. We must be in agreement though, and keep it from taking root in our lives.
6,7,27) We are all tempted sometimes to seek acknowledgement for our hard work… whether it
is deserved or not. God has a plan to lift us up.
Pro 22:29 Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
This is not so men glorify us, but it will be done so the Lord is glorified. Sometimes we “jump the gun” though, and create situations where people will notice us. And just as in the days of Proverbs, it frequently blows up in our face. Remember that being content and meek is not being lazy and weak. Hey, that rhymes.
9) No gossiping. Even between spouses. Even if it is “true” (that’s my favorite idiotic excuse)
11) If we learn wisdom (ahem) the Lord will give us the appropriate words at just the right time. Be ready and willing to do it his way. We will be surprised at the work he does through us.
13) This must be a metaphor since it does not snow at harvest time in Israel. My study guide suggests that they refer to drinks cooled by mountain snow brought down and stored. I have no idea how they pulled that off, though. I suppose that goes in the “Easter Island files”.
14) If I say I will do something – do it. An easier way to live life is to do something nice without talking about it at all with the recipient beforehand.
15) My wife is a living example that this works. She is just one of those people that others feel great about when they are around her. She works for a very difficult man and is often faced with difficult decisions. Most of her coworkers resist with spite and bitterness. They are not successful in making changes. My wife however, responds gently and with patience. She almost always gets her way there as long as she is in agreement with God’s Word.
17) Ever have that friend of one of your kids who just spends too much time at the house? I remember once when I realized I was “that kid” and got out of there as fast as I could. I was probably only 6 or 7 but my neighbor made it very obvious. If you go that same route as my neighbor, I recommend being a bit nicer if that guest is a small child.
19) When the Bible says:
2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Some interpret this to mean that we should not marry unbelievers. I agree, but there is more to it. We are supposed to have friends that are unbelievers, otherwise who are we going to witness to. However, they should not be our closest friends. If you are truly seeking the Lord with all your heart, you have probably noticed a change.
Normal conversations do not seem as interesting, or they may even be offensive. I do not get excited about going out and getting drunk. Lusting after the “hot” girl in my office seems wrong (in contrast to the other guys). I could go on, but you get the point. The Lord truly changes us. It happens slowly – rather, I should say that we realize it or agree with it slowly.
We can not be best friends with unbelievers without some comprimise. That is a major component of love. If our core beliefs are in direct opposition to a friend (who happens to be an unbeliever) then what will we be comprimising to? We must love the Lord or God with all our heart, strength, and mind.
20) You may remember in sitcoms (every one has done it) where a couple is in a nice restaurant. The couple gets in a fight and one person is either just getting ready to leave, or is in the process of leaving when the roving musician comes by to play a romantic song. Do you remember what sometimes happens to the musician? Be ready for resistance when trying to cheer someone up.
28) Self-control… God makes the changes in our spirit, but we still have to make the choice.
1Co 10:13 (ESV) No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
What a great verse! God provides us victory in this area, too. Something to remember the next time our flesh cries out to us.
22) More about obedience to leaders. It is just so easy to criticize our boss or other leaders, because we are just so darn perfect, though ; ) As much as we may not like it, God put every leader in their position for a reason. God has done pretty well managing this planet so far, so we should let him keep going.
Small change to the blog design, let’s see if you can pick it out. Did you guess that the text marking the comments section changed? No? I can’t really blame you. I noticed that we were not getting many comments on the blog, but never really clued in to the fact that when there are no comments yet for a post, the blog design put “NO COMMENTS”. While accurate, that doesn’t exactly encourage participation. I changed it to “Add Comments”. Don’t let that reflect on your opinion of my marketing abilities, okay? ; )
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