A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Respect and courtesy has taken a back seat to me, me, me, me. Theses proverbs have helped me to realize how important God’s Wisdom and Understanding is in even the smallest detail and in every situation. I’m waking up and I can see my sin of pride and selfishness and I pray the Lord forgive me and bless me to be the person He would have me to be. Amen.
A Key Verse: 4) Take away the dross (impurities) from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXIII, Proverbs 25:1) These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out (copied). 2) It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Romans 11:33; Job 29:16. 3) The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. *4) Take away the dross (impurities)from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. 5) Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. 6) Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: 7) 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. 8) Go not forth hastily to strive (court), lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbor hath put thee to shame. Mathew 5:25. 9) Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself; and discover (betray) not a secret to another. Matthew 18:15. 10) Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away (never lose your bad reputation). 11) A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 12) As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, and so is a wise reprover (corrector) upon an obedient ear. 13) 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. 14) Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. Jude 12. 15) By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Quest Study Bible – v1, Men of Hezekiah……scribes and scholars who served in king Hezekiah’s royal court; approximately 250 years after Solomon’s reign. v2, What’s so glorious about God concealing matters? A king must search out matters to be a good leader. The mysteries of God, though, cannot be fully known. v7, See Luke 25:7. v11, Apples of gold in settings of silver…The emphasis is on an exquisite beauty, value and artistry which our speech should resemble. v13, Was snow at harvest desired? A source of coolness on a hot harvest day would be refreshing and welcomed–just like news from a trustworthy messenger.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-10, To be hasty in the beginning of strife will bring in difficulties. Do all thou canst to settle the matter privately rather than in court (paraphrased). v14, He who pretends to have received or given that which he never had, is like the morning cloud that disappoints those that look for rain. v15, Be patient to bear a present hurt. Persuasive language is the most effectual to prevail over a hardened mind. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.