Pathways Through Proverbs
April 25, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 25
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- These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
- It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
- The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
- Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
- Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
- Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
- For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
- Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
- Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
- Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
- A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
- As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
- As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
- Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
- By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
- Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
- Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
- A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
- Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
- As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
- If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
- For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
- The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
- It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
- As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
- A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
- It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
- He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
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In today's verse Solomon is warning his son about the danger of allowing your pride to put you in a place where you don't belong. We all know someone who regularly tries to get to sit at the head table, or always wants to be photographed next to the star of the show. He is a name-dropper, and likes to tell stories about how well he knows some supposedly important or famous person. This is the type of person that Solomon does not want his son to become.
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Solomon's advice is that a person should simply enter a room and sit somewhere off to the side. If the leader wants to bring him up to the platform, then he can get him and invite him to the front. Solomon says that it better to walk in with humility and allow yourself to be elevated than to walk in with pride, sit down in a choice location, and then find yourself forced to move down to a lower level.
I have known men of God on both sides of this issue. I have seen men who had large and lengthy ministries, great knowledge of the Scriptures, and marvelous communication skills behave in the humblest of ways. I have watched them be very content to sit with the "regular folks" and even turn down offers to be treated in a special fashion. I have also seen pastors, usually young ones, who always pushed their way to the front so that they could be seen discussing theological issues with some famous preacher and could get to sit at his table for the meal. I have watched old soldiers of the faith volunteer to step aside so that a younger man could speak, and I have had young preachers who I don't even know call up and ask me when I want them to come to preach for me, as if my ministry could not be blessed without their assistance.
Don't pass yourself off as someone important. Be humble, and let the Lord allow you to be exalted in His time.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery