More Proverbs of Solomon
These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah: It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness. Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame? If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence, or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand. Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear. Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master. Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit. Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and they will hate you. Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor. Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble. Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look. Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked. It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep. Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Vs 1-28
The wisdom we receive from God does not mean we are better than those who do not have it. They simply do not know about God, His Son Jesus or the love they have for them. It’s the job of those who do have His wisdom to tell it to those who do not know. How are you sharing this amazing information with those in your life that do not know? Who have you told recently?
We are all equally loved and adored by God. We are also not to claim to have more or better knowledge or understanding than others with Gods wisdom. What we have is what we need for our own circumstances. It was given to us by God Himself. We are to be thankful and offer it humbly to others. We are simply a vessel, transporting God’s wisdom, not our own. The wisdom He gives us can be taken away if we do not give Him the proper praise and glory.
We are reminded again of the importance of using our words wisely. When we seek God’s wisdom in picking our words we will be blessed in the outcome. The words themselves can be a blessing to others. Words from God are powerful! They can be used to soften the heart of the wicked. For everything of God is good. How have you been blessed by the words of another? How can your words be a blessing to someone?
We receive another gentle reminder about helping everyone, even those we do not care for or who give us trouble. When we see them in need, we are to help them, not fill our heads with the stress or pain they caused us. We are to fill our hearts with love for them and offer it to them. This is being the hands and feet of Christ.
What you do for yourself and others should be to bring glory to God, not to yourself. When God gives us the abilities to do great things, we are to turn the praise and glory to God. This is a way to help non-believers turn their hearts to God. Do not think for a moment that what you did was in our own strength or wisdom. It’s by God’s Almighty Power! We are to acknowledge this and praise His name.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the amazing things you enable us to do as believers in Your Son, Jesus Christ. I pray Lord that our words would be like apples of gold to all we encounter, Amen.