Proverbs – Chapter 31

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Verse 1 – The words of king Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:

King Lemuel was not one of the Kings of Israel. His name means “Devoted to God.” He was probably a foreign king who converted to worshiping the God of Israel.

Verse 2 – What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?

Verse 3 – Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.

Verse 4 – It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine nor for princes intoxicating drink;

Verse 5 – Lest they drink and forget the law and pervert the justice of all the afflicted.

Verse 6 – Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart.

Verse 7 – Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Lemuel’s mother warns him about the effects of alcohol in judgment. It’s even more dangerous for people in authority to drink.

Verse 8 – Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die.

Verse 9 – Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Verse 10 – Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.

Verse 11 – The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so she will have no lack of gain.

Her husband trust her because she is godly.

Verse 12 – She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Verse 13 – She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.

Verse 14 – She is like the merchant ships, she brings food from afar.

Verse 15 – She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.

Verse 16 – She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.

Verse 17 – She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.

Verse 18 – She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out at night.

Verse 19 – She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands holds the spindle.

Verse 20 – She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hand to the needy.

Verse 21 – She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. (a double texture of warmth).

Verse 22 – She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Verse 23 – Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

Verse 24 – She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants.

Verse 25 – Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.

Verse 26 – She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

Verse 27 – She watches over her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness (not lazy).

Verse 28 – Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Verse 29 – “Many daughters have done will, but you excel them all.”

Verse 30 – Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Verse 31 – Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.

This woman who was just described, is a hard-working, loving, and compassionate wife and mother. Her strength and dignity does not come from all her achievements, they are a result of her reverence for God. However, there are not enough hours in a day to do what all this woman does, so be the best wife and mother you can be with instruction from our precious Lord.

This concludes the Book of Proverbs. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Solomon also wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes and we will start it tomorrow.

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Proverbs – Chapter 30

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Verse 1 – The words of Agur the son of Jakeh. This man declared to Ithiel and Ucal his utterance.

Verse 2 – Surely I am more stupid than any man, and do not have the understanding of a man.

Nothing is known about Agur, except he was a wise teacher. Although this chapter was written to two individuals, its application can apply to many.

Verse 3 – I neither learned wisdom nor have knowledge of the Holy One.

Verse 4 – Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fist? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?

Because God is infinite, certain aspects of His nature will always remain a mystery. The Son referred to is the Son of God, the preincarnate being the Messiah who, before the foundation of the earth, participated in the creation. Colossians 1:16, 17 teaches that through Christ the world was created.

Verse 5 – Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

Verse 6 – Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.

We put our trust in God’s Words, not man’s. When people speculate about what they “think” God meant, sometimes they are proven to be a liar. So don’t twist or change what God has written.

Verse 7 – Two things I request of You (deprive me not before I die):

Verse 8 – Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches – feed me with the food You prescribe for me;

Verse 9 – Lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Why do you think the writer wanted neither to be rich or poor? Some people pray for riches or houses or cars, material things and when they receive them, they forget who gave it to them. I’ve seen this happen. However, if you are always in lack, people have a tendency to lose hope of ever having enough.

The balance is: No matter what state you are in learn to be content with what God gives you. Stay in prayer believing that He will bring you out of whatever situation you are in, to take you into a higher and better place. He says over and over in scripture – the Lord delivers us out of all our trouble!

Verse 10 – Do not malign a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

Verse 11 – There is a generation that curses its father, and does not bless its mother.

Verse 12 – There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.

Verses 12, refers to those who have “religion” – self-righteousness, by their own works and rituals they do.

Verse 13 – There is a generation – oh how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.

These are people who think highly of themselves while looking down on others – lofty.

Verse 14 – There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and whose fangs are like knives, to devour the poor among men.

Verse 15 – The leech has two daughters crying, “Give! Give! – There are three things that are never satisfied, four things never say, “It is enough”:

These verses kind of reminds me, of what I see protesting in the streets. They have been given the same opportunities and freedoms as everyone else, but they still want more.  They take what they want through violence. They have fee education, free housing and so on, but yet it’s not free to those who work and pay taxes. “Give me, give me!”

Verse 16 – The grave, the barren womb, the earth that is not satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, “It is enough.’

Verse 17 – The eye that mocks his father, and scorns obedience to his mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out and the young eagles will eat it.

Verse 18 – There are three things which are too wonderful to me, yes, four which I do not understand:

Verse 19 – The way of an eagle in the air, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea, and the way of man with a virgin.

Maybe the point of verse 19 is that love is marvelous and mysterious as the motion of the other three.

Verse 20 – This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, and says, “I have done no wickedness.”

Verse 21 – For three things the earth is perturbed, yes, for four it cannot bear up:

Verse 22 – For a servant when he reigns, a fool when he is filled with food,

Verse 23 – A hateful woman when she is married, and a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.

Verse 24 – There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:

Verse 25 – The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;

Verse 26 – The rock badgers are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags (cavities among the rocks);

Verse 27 – The locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks;

Verse 28 – The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in king’s palaces.

Ants can teach us about preparation; badgers about building; locusts about order; and spiders about fearlessness.

Verse 29 – There are three things which are majestic in pace, yes, four which are stately in walk:

Verse 30 – A lion, which is mighty among beasts and does not turn away from any;

Verse 31 – A greyhound, a male goat also, and a king whose troops are with him.

Verse 32 – If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand over your mouth.

Verse 33 – For as the churning of milk produces butter, and as wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife.

Churning, twisting, and stirring up are all the same word in Hebrew, which has to do with force or pressure and twisting or wringing. The scheming social climber is cautioned that his maneuverings will inevitable bring violence against him.

Proverbs – Chapter 29

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Verse 1 – He who is often reproved, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

We know that God’s patience is long-suffering, waiting on us to change, however, there will come a time when refusing to be obedient to His calling, will result in the consequences of our choice.

Verse 2 – When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

Verse 3 – Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.

Verse 4 – The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it.

Verse 5 – A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

This type of flattering usually comes with deceit.

Verse 6 – By transgression an evil man is snared, but the righteous sings and rejoices.

Sin contains the seeds of self-destruction, but the righteous person rejoices in the security of the Lord.

Verse 7 – The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not understand such knowledge.

verse 8 – Scoffers ensnare a city, but wise men turn away wrath.

Verse 9 – If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.

Verse 10 – The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the just seek his well-being.

Verse 11 – A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.

Verse 12 – If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked.

“Follow the leader!” If a ruler, dictator, or president, doesn’t want to hear the truth because of their own reputation, then that makes everyone under them deceptive and corrupt!

Verse 13 – The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

Verse 14 – The king who judges the poor with truth, his throne will be established forever.

Verse 15 – The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Verse 16 – When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall.

Whatever climate is set in government, church, business, or a family; people become like their leaders. Not all, but look at the family who has no leadership, no father in the home. When there is a breakdown of evil from the top it will flow down to all those who are related.

Verse 17 – Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul.

Verse 18 – Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.

Where there is ignorance of God, crime and sin run wild. If there is no knowledge of God, there are no boundaries for moral discipline.

Verse 19 – A servant will not be corrected by mere words; for though he understands , he will not respond.

Verse 20 – Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Verse 21 – He who pamper’s his servant from childhood will have as a son in the end.

Verse 22 – An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.

Verse 23 – A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.

Verse 24 – Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; he swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.

You don’t have to break into a house or a business to be called a thief. If you steal anything that is not yours, you are a thief.

Verse 25 – The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

Verse 26 – Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord.

Verse 27 – An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

People who do right by God’s standards will be persecuted-hated. Evil always fights the righteous but I know who wins in the end!

Proverbs – Chapter 28

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Verse 1 – The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Verse 2 – Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.

When enough people in a nation live their lives for themselves only with little concern for how their actions affect others, the result is moral corruption.

Verse 3 – A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no food.

Verse 4 – Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.

Verse 5 – Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.

Because justice is a part of God’s character, a person who follows God treats others justly. The beginning of justice is caring about what happens to others.

Verse 6 – Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Verse 7 – Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons shame his father.

Verse 8 – One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion gathers it for him who will pity the poor.

Ill-gotten gains do not prosper. After a time, it will pass into the hands who know from God’s wisdom how to use it.

Verse 9 – One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.

What closes God’s ear to pray, is not the depth of the sin, but the secret intention to do it again, not having the desire to truly change.

Verse 10 – Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he himself will fall into his own pit; but the blameless will inherit good things.

Verse 11 – The rich man is wise in his won eyes, but the poor who has understanding searches him out.

Verse 12 – When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.

Verse 13 – He who covers his sin will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

To have a truly repentant heart, one has to admit they did wrong. That’s hard for some people. It might be something done to another, and if it is, go and apologize. It is ultimately a sin against God, so go to Him and admit it, then don’t do it again. If you believe right, according to God’s Word, then you will think right, your actions will be right.

Verse 14 – Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Verse 15 – Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people.

Verse 16 – A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.

Verse 17 – A man burdened with bloodshed will flee a pit; let no one help him.

Verse 18 – Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways will fall at once.

A person who hears the gospel and is lost, will either come to Christ or continue in their rebellion. Those who continue in their rebellion against God will fall to destruction.

Verse 19 – He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough.

Verse 20 – A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

I know there are people that inherit wealth, but this verse is talking about getting riches any other way besides the honest way, God’s way.

Verse 21 – To show partiality is not good, because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

An unjust man, may eventually give in for a bribe.

Verse 22 – A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him.

Verse 23 – He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward then he who flatters with the tongue.

One exception to this is rebuking a mocker or a fool.

Verse 24 – Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “It is no transgression,” the same is companion to a destroyer.

Verse 25 – He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.

To prosper is a two-fold blessing, abundance and a peaceful life.

Verse 26 – He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

Do you try to do everything on your own? Many people do. It’s like they are always striving to achieve, but are never satisfied. Life brings us many storms, but God promises to bring us out and deliver those who place their trust in Him. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask Him for help. He wants you to. That shows Him you know He is able and willing, so ask.

Verse 27 – He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.

We are not to shut our hearts to the needy around us. God promises to supply all of our needs in Philippians 4:19, and He will work through your hands to supply that need for others.

Verse 28 – When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.

Proverbs – Chapter 27

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Verse 1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Verse 2 – Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

Verse 3 – A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but a fools’ wrath is heavier than both of them.

Verse 4 – Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy?

When someone is jealous of another, watch out! All kinds of cruel words of anger will be said. If you are a child of the Most High we don’t have to be jealous of anything another person has because God has enough for all.

Verse 5 – Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.

Verse 6 – Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

When someone says something to you that’s hurtful, consider the source. True friends will be kind when they give constructive criticism, but someone who is deceitful to begin with will not care if their words sting.

Verse 7 – A satisfied soul loath’s the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every better thing is sweet.

Verse 8 – Like a bird that wanders from its nest, is a man who wanders from his place.

This word wandering, could also be translated “fleeing.” Some people can’t stay put. They wander from job to job; from relationship to relationship; from house to house; from church to church; or from calling to calling. Solution: Be determined not to quit when things get tough. Finish what you start.

Verse 9 – Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend does so by hearty counsel.

Prayer and counsel from a true friend is sweet and pleasant.

Verse 10 – Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; for better is a neighbor nearly than a brother far away.

Long time friends, at times, are better than blood relations.

Verse 11 – My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

A parent might be publicly criticized if they cannot control their own son.

Verse 12 – A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.

Verse 13 – Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.

Verse 14 – He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it will be counted a curse to him.

There are two possible interpretations: For someone who is not a morning person, to hear a “in your face” loud greeting can be annoying. Or a person who rushes up to you to bless you that is not sincere, so that is considered a curse.

Verse 15 – A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike;

Verse 16 – Whoever restrains her restrains the wind, and grasp oil with his right hand.

These verses can apply to male or female. They describe someone who constantly has to have their own way. They are quarrelsome, and nagging and always giving advice. It can keep others around in knots. Most of these types of persons cannot be reasoned with because they want full control of another.

Verse 17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Two friends who bring ideas together can help each other become sharper. Friends should encourage each other to never give up!

Verse 18 – Whoever keeps a fig tree will eat its fruit; so he who waits on his master will be honored.

Those who wait on the Lord to line everything up, will be rewarded for waiting on Him. Waiting is not inactivity. Put some legs on that prayer.

Verse 19 – As in water face reveals face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.

The best way to tell what is in a person’s heart is to listen to their words and then watch their actions.

Verse 20 – Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Verse 21 – The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, and a man is valued by what others say of him.

People who are gracious when they receive praise for a work well done, know where their true value lies. It’s not in what people say about you that gives you value it’s in who you are in Christ.

Verse 22 – Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle (a device used in ancient times to prepare ingredients) along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

Discipline and teaching seems to be wasted on someone who cannot learn from correction.

Verse 23 – Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds;

Verse 24 – For riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.

These two verses have a much broader meaning than just attending to sheep. The good shepherd is Jesus. His flocks, know His voice. He cares and watches over it. In John 10, He goes in front of them. You could say the same for pastors of their congregation: Take care of your flock.

Verse 25 – When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,

Verse 26 – The lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field;

Verse 27 – You shall have enough goats milk for your food, for the food, of your household, and the nourishment of your maidservants.

A person can have all the wealth in the world, but unless they tend to it according to God’s wisdom, it will amount to nothing. Again: Psalm 127:1-Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

Proverbs – Chapter 26

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Verse 1 – As snow in summer and rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. (In other words: Honor given to a fool is ridiculous.)

Verse 2 – Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.

Verse 3 – A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.

Correction is fitting for a fool.

Verse 4 – Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

Verse 5 – Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

The writer is saying not to argue with a foolish person. You can’t reason with them.

Verse 6 – He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

The fool in all these verses refers to; inexperience, mocker of the things of God, obnoxious, obstinate and can not be corrected.

Verse 7 – Like the legs of the lame that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Verse 8 – Like one who binds a stone in a sling is he who gives honor to a fool.

Have you ever noticed that one person in a group who causes discord or dissension when given a place of position, will only get worse?

Verse 9 – Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Sober people will feel a thorn as soon as it pricks the finger. Not so with a foolish person or a drunk. Try to tell them a proverb from scripture and they will blow it off because they think it doesn’t apply to them.

Verse 10 – The great God who formed all things, gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.

Verse 11 – As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Since a fool can’t be corrected, they never advance, but returns to what everyone else can see as repulsive (2 Peter 2:22).

Verse 12 – Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (They are conceited.)

Verse 13 – The slothful man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”

Verse 14 – As a door turns on its hinges, so does the slothful turn on his bed.

Verse 15 – The slothful man buries his hand in the bowl; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.

Verse 16 – The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

Being lazy is more dangerous than a prowling lion. The less they do, the less they want to do. They make excuses for why they don’t do more. There is a lot of scripture about being slothful and being lazy. We should all work as long as we can in life.

Verse 17 – He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

Meddling in someone else’s argument is a good way to get hurt. There’s nothing worse than seeing a third-party jump into a disagreement with their own opinion.

Verse 18 – Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,

Verse 19 – Is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking!”

I’ve known people who say mean hurtful things and then laugh and say, “I was only kidding!” It’s fake and you know they meant what they said.

Verse 20 – Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

If the gossip you hear stops with you, then just maybe it will go no further. So don’t be the one to fuel the fire.

Verse 21 – As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

Verse 22 – The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down to the inmost body.

Verse 23 – Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

Words that are spoken to sound smooth and loving, but yet come from an evil heart, are like dross that is left in silver – shiny but of no use.

Verse 24 – He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself;

Verse 25 – When he speaks kindly, do not believe him , for there are seven abominations in his heart;

Verse 26 – Though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the whole congregation.

These verses bring to mind certain politicians and preachers. Because caring words come out of their mouths in public, people are fooled into believing they have your best interest at heart. However, watch them behind the scenes, do their actions match up with their words?

Verse 27 – Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

Verse 28 – A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Verse 28 is saying, “The person that tells lies bout someone, hates them. The one whom the lie is told on, it’s like being crushed when they hear it.

Moral: We watch what we say about others. Words either encourage or hurt, and tell the truth, always.

 

Proverbs – Chapter 25

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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.