Pathways Through Proverbs
October 24, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 24
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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 the context of today's verse Solomon is speaking about a situation that he encountered. He passed by the field of a lazy man and saw that it was grown over with weeds because the owner would not take the time to care for it. He then says that because he observed this and pondered it he received instruction.
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What Solomon learned will have to wait for another month. However, what this verse teaches us is that we need to pay attention to the events that are occurring around us and think about what they mean and how they can be applied to our own lives. Many people, even believers, travel through life oblivious to what is happening around them. They fail to notice the successes and failure of others because they are too wrapped up in themselves. Because of this they miss the lessons that are being taught to them by the people they encounter.
Take a minute to notice families around you. Are they serving the Lord? Do they seem happy? Do the parents seem to love each other and do the kids love and obey the parents? If so, what can you observe about them that would help you in your family? If not, what do you see in them that you do not want to have in your marriage?
Look at the individuals in your church. Which ones seem to have the joy of the Lord? Which ones seem to have a spiritual walk with the Lord? Consider them well, and receive instruction about what it takes to live for God.
Learn to be observant. God has set up examples for us to learn from, and if we will diligently consider that which we observe, we will gain the wisdom that He wants us to have.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery