Verse 1 – These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah King of Judah copied:
Verse 2 – It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
Hezekiah’s story is told in 2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 29-32; and Isaiah 36-39. He was one of the few kings of Judah who honored the Lord. To conceal a matter refers to the revelation of God’s will found in His word that are concealed in parables, allegories, metaphors and etc. If you want to know God’s will, search out the answers in scripture.
Verse 3 – As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Verse 4 – Take away the dross from the silver, and it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
Verse 5 – Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
To take away the dross from the silver is to take the impurities out. Take away wicked advisers from a king’s court and he will rule in righteousness.
Verse 6 – Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;
Verse 7 – For it is better that he say to you “Come up here,” than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.
Jesus gave an example of these two verses in Luke 14:7-11. We are to stay humble and let someone who has the authority point out our position. In other words, “Don’t toot your own horn,” by telling others how important or talented you are.
Verse 8 – Do not go hastily to court; for what will you do in the end when your neighbor has put you to shame?
Verse 9 – Debate your case with your neighbor himself, and do not disclose the secret to another;
Verse 10 – Lest he who hears it expose your shame, and your reputation be ruined.
When we have a disagreement with someone, try to work it out with that person. It’s never beneficial to tell others about the dispute before you go to the one with whom the dispute started.
Verse 11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Verse 12 – Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.
Verse 13 – Like the cold of snow in time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Are you faithful at your job? Do you go beyond what is required? Can others count on you?
Verse 14 – Whoever falsely boasts of giving, is like clouds and wind without rain.
Boasting is usually done within others hearing. It’s a promise to give, but the intention to actually do it never happens.
Verse 15 – By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
A gentle tongue – words spoken, will soften the hardest of hearts.
Verse 16 – Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.
This verse is talking about, “too much of a good thing.”
Verse 17 – Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, lest he become weary of you and hate you.
There’s an old saying, “Don’t wear out your welcome.”
Verse 18 – A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Verse 19 – Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.
Verse 20 – Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, and like vinegar on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
Verse 21 – If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink (Romans 12:20);
Verse 22 – For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
God’s word teaches us to pray for those who spitefully persecute us, pray for your enemies. Scripture doesn’t tell us that the enemy will then start treating us right, it simply says to do it and the Lord will reward you. Some people have no shame to what they’ve done to others.
Verse 23 – The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
Do you know why it’s called “backbiting?” Because the speech is behind the persons back and not to the face.
Verse 24 – It is better to dwell in the corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Verse 25 – As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.
Verse 26 – A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.
Verse 27 – It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one’s own glory is not glory.
Verse 28 – Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
Self-control sets limits. A person who lives their life with no boundaries on anything is out of control. We have to control; anger, speech, and actions, in order to walk in the Spirit.