Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 25


Proverbs 25

Scripture

NIV Version,  Message VersionEnglish Standard Version (see the list of related scriptures at the bottom of the ESV page), King James Version

Amplified Version

11THESE ARE also the proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:(A)

2It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.(B)

3As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the hearts and minds of kings are unsearchable.

4Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth [the material for] a vessel for the silversmith [to work up].(C)

5Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).

6Be not forward (self-assertive and boastfully ambitious) in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men;

7For better it is that it should be said to you, Come up here, than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whose eyes have seen you.(D)

8Rush not forth soon to quarrel [before magistrates or elsewhere], lest you know not what to do in the end when your neighbor has put you to shame.(E)

9Argue your cause with your neighbor himself; discover not and disclose not another’s secret,(F)

10Lest he who hears you revile you and bring shame upon you and your ill repute have no end.

11A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.(G)

12Like an earring or nose ring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to an ear that listens and obeys.

13Like the cold of snow [brought from the mountains] in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him; for he refreshes the life of his masters.

14Whoever falsely boasts of gifts [he does not give] is like clouds and wind without rain.(H)

15By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.(I)

16Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey? Eat only as much as is sufficient for you, lest, being filled with it, you vomit it.

17Let your foot seldom be in your neighbor’s house, lest he become tired of you and hate you.

18A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a heavy sledgehammer and a sword and a sharp arrow.

19Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint.

20He who sings songs to a heavy heart is like him who lays off a garment in cold weather and like vinegar upon soda.(J)

21If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;(K)

22For in doing so, you will [a]heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.

23The north wind brings forth rain; so does a backbiting tongue bring forth an angry countenance.

24It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop than to share a house with a disagreeing, quarrelsome, and scolding woman.(L)

25Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far [home] country.

26Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.

27It is not good to eat much honey; so for men to seek glory, their own glory, causes suffering and is not glory.

28He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.(M)

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 23

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Proverbs 25:21–22
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat.
Meyer, F. B. Our Daily Homily

The pagan ideal of a manly life was to succeed in doing as much good to your friends, and as much injury to your enemies, as possible. A few exceptions to this rule are recorded; but the wonder at them proves that the sentiments of forgiveness and mercy were foreign to popular morality and public opinion. How different is the teaching of the Bible! and in this have we not an evidence of its Divine authority? Our Lord went further even than this noble maxim; He said, “Love your enemies, and pray for them which persecute you.”

We are not taught to be entirely indifferent to the moral qualities of actions. The perception of sin and evil is necessary to a holy soul. And it is not required that we should abjure that holy resentment to wrong-doing, to which the apostle alludes when he says, “Be ye angry, and sin not.” We must always resent wrong as wrong, though we must carefully eliminate any vindictive feeling towards the wrong-doer.

Do you think that others have wronged you? Pity them; pray for them; seek them out; show them their fault, humbly and meekly; wash their feet; take the mote out of their eye; seek to restore them in a spirit of meekness, remembering that you may be tempted; heap coals of loving-kindness on their heads; bring them if possible into such a broken and tender frame of mind, that they may seek forgiveness at your hand and God’s. If you cannot act thus with all the emotion you would feel, do it because it is right, and the emotion will inevitably follow. It was said of Archbishop Leighton, that to do him an injury was to secure his lasting friendship.

Proverbs 25:28

ONE valuable way of practising self-control is in checking grumbling, and an unnecessary display of vexation at petty inconveniences. A workman has fulfilled his task imperfectly, some order is wrongly executed, some one keeps you waiting unreasonably; people are careless or forgetful, or do what they have in hand badly. Try not to be disturbed; be just, and show the persons to blame where they are wrong, even (if it be needful) make them do the thing over again properly; but refrain from diffuse or vehement expressions of displeasure. A naturally quick, impetuous person will find that to cultivate a calm external habit is a great help towards gaining the inward even spirit he needs. – H L Sidney Lear


Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 24

Witnessofthe(false)truth & his “out-of-context” proof Proverbs 25:2

A Better Way to Live Proverbs 25:6-7

Civility Proverbs 25:8

Bible Memory Verse Of Today Proverbs 25:21-22

Proverbs 25:28 – Are you in control?

Commentaries

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Bible commentaries: Here are a few I personally use: John Darby’s SynopsisMatthew Henry’s Concise Commentary;John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Bible Explained: An interactive commentary on the whole Bible.

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish? There are only two kinds of people, which one are you?

Personal pop out verses:

Proverbs 25:15
15By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.(A)
Proverbs 25:21-22
21If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;(A)

22For in doing so, you will [a]heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.


V 25
Soft speech breaks bones? What?! Have to find out what this means. I like the way Albert Barnes sums it up: 

Winning and gentle speech does what it seems at first least capable of doing; it overcomes obstacles which are as bones that the strongest jaws would fail to crush.

Now it makes sense. 

V21-22 I studied this one a long time ago. I found it very interesting that “heaping coals” on someone could be a good thing. We’d like to think of it as a bad thing. We like to think of it as a way of getting even. But that isn’t what it means at all. The footnote of the AMP bible says:

This is not to be understood as a revengeful act intended to embarrass its victim, but just the opposite. The picture is that of the high priest (Lev. 16:12) who, on the Day of Atonement, took his censer and filled it with “coals of fire” from off the altar of burnt offering, and then put incense on the coals to create a pleasing, sweet-smelling fragrance. The cloud or smoke of the incense covered the mercy seat and was acceptable to God for atonement. Samuel Wesley wrote: “So artists melt the sullen ore of lead, By heaping coals of fire upon its head: In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, And pure from dross the silver runs below.”

Prayer

Lord, help me to have long forbearance, a calmness of spirit, and soft speech. These are hard to come by in the human flesh, and their enemies are always readily available. Help me to allow the Holy Spirit to have more of me so that I can have more of Him. Help me to be kind to my enemies and those who are out to bring me down or hurt me. Help me to do good not because I want their bones to break or to be spiteful with burning coals, but so that they can see more of You in me and want You. Thank you for Your words of wisdom and instruction. In Jesus Name, Amen!

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