Pathways Through Proverbs
August 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 I believe Solomon is teaching his son the importance of knowing when you have what you need, and being able to stop. He uses honey as an illustration. Honey tastes good, and there is certainly nothing wrong with eating it. However, partaking in too much of it will fill you up and make you sick.
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In the same way we are very capable of spending too much time and energy on some things to the exclusion of other things that are equally good, if not better. For example, it is not wrong to earn a living, or even to live comfortably. It is not sin to use some of your finances for pleasure. However, there are many men who do not know when to stop making or spending money. They always feel the need to earn more for either a better lifestyle or a more secure future. Thus, they devote far more time and energy to making money than they should, and they do this at the expense of their family and their church. They need to learn what is sufficient, because as they fill themselves with material goods they squeeze out everything else and make themselves spiritually sick.
Entertainment can be fine, but too much of it will take a man away from proper Biblical priorities. Sports can have a place in a man's life, but if he devotes himself to them he may find that he does so at the expense of his relationship with his wife, children, and God. Basically, almost anything can be indulged in to a point where we are so filled with it that we have no place left for our other responsibilities, and we will be worse off for it.
Just because something has a benefit doesn't mean that we should spend all our time at it. Allow the Spirit to lead you through the Word so that you can learn when to say "Enough".
Pastor Mark J Montgomery