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Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

God conceals much in order to test people and inspire a zeal to seek out his wisdom.  Those who would have eternal life must diligently seek out and learn the wisdom of God. 

25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Those chosen to be resurrected to eternal life by the King of kings, will be those filled with the wisdom of God.

25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart [wisdom] of kings is unsearchable.

When the called out study and live by every Word of God, they will also be tried and tested and  polished and will be the better for their trials.

25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

The King of kings will never exalt the wicked, complacent, lukewarm and spiritually lazy as his helpers.

25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

The spiritually wise would NEVER exalt themselves with high sounding titles and claims of greatness.  Jesus said “only God [the Father] is good,” and he was always humble before his Father. 

Therefore those who make great claims and take grand titles without the fruits to back it up are false teachers, of which there are many in today’s spiritual Ekklesia.

Matthew 23:12   And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Proverbs  25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: 25:7 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.

Follow Matthew 18 in disputes and seek a private resolution whenever possible.

25:8 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.  25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: 25:10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

The godly word that saves a brother is as:

25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

A reprover of sin and teacher of righteousness, is greatly esteemed by those who love godliness.

25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

The faithful messenger who delivers the true message that he was sent to deliver, is like a cool breeze in the heat of summer.

The faithful deliverer of the gospel of warning and repentance, is a delight to his Lord.

Those who pervert God’s warning into a business model approach to increase their personal followers; are a shame, an execration, and a foul stink in the nostrils of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

Christ commands his people to learn, to live by and to teach others to live by; every Word of God.  As the cool of the autumn after a hot summer is refreshing to the workmen, the faithful messenger is a delight to his Lord.

25:13As 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.  25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Those who claim to have God’s Spirit when they do not, are deceivers and false teachers leading the unwary to destruction.  TEST THE SPIRITS, to see if they are of God; test men and spirits by their zeal to live by every Word of God  (Mat 7).

Do not get discouraged, but study God’s word patiently and persistently; while zealously keeping what you have learned and over time you will grow much in the wisdom of God.

25:15 By long forbearing [persistent effort with patience] is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue [wise words are strong] breaketh the bone.

Read God’s Word a little at a time with much prayer and thought; lest reading overmuch without carefully thinking about the material; it goes over your head and you do not gain any real understanding of the intended meaning. 

25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Do not be a pest to others, and do not waste God’s time with endless insincere prayers meaning nothing.  Say what you mean and mean what you say in prayer.  Be sincere and avoid long-winded meaningless utterances.  It is better to pray for two minutes and make your meaningful point; then to pray for hours and brag to others about your long prayers.  There can be much self-righteousness in improper prayer.  Start correcting this by never discussing your personal prayer life with others.

Matthew  6:5   And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  Jesus then goes on to give a model prayer covering what is truly important. 

Be very careful not to make a pest of yourself in your visiting, do not stay overlong and DO help your host in every way you can, not taking advantage.

Proverbs  25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

Never bear false witness against anyone.  This is more than outright lies; it is also using partial truths to deceive about the whole situation; it is about spin and innuendo.

25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

To have confidence in men and not God, is foolishness that will bring much sorrow.  

Seek out the Eternal God and follow God to live by His Word, and do not make idols of men and their false traditions instead of being faithful to live by every Word of Almighty God!

25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

Joyful songs are vexation to a heavy heart.  There will be much bitter repentance for the lukewarm called out when they are in great tribulation; but they will be filled with joy at the resurrection if they sincerely repent!

25:20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre [soda bicarbonate], so is he that singeth [joyful] songs to an heavy heart.

Set an example of godliness and teach the salvation of the Bread of Life eternal to all peoples; for the Living Water of God’s Spirit will be poured on all repentant flesh (Joel 2:28).

Teach the gospel of warning, repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ; and those who despise you now will ultimately understand and bless you for your faithfulness.

25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

A look of disapproval can correct the wise

25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Does Jesus Christ want a wife who is combative and fights his will; or does he want a wife who loves him and is quick to work together with and cooperate with him?

25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

Good news is refreshing to the spirit and God’s people who delight in him will hold their heads up high as they see the day approaching (Luke 21).

25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

For the righteous to be downtrodden by the wicked is a great evil

25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

In all sincerity to leaders who find the praise of men sweet: For a man to exalt himself is not wise; for he shall be abased.  Just do your jobs with no thought about yourself.

It is far better to be acceptable to God and accursed by all men; than to be praised by all mankind and separated from God.

25:27 It is not good to eat [too] much honey: so for men to search [to exalt themselves and sing their own praises is shameful]  their own glory is not glory.

Self control and genuine ruler-ship over one’s own spirit is to be desired above physical wealth, and is a fruit of the Holy Spirit of God.

25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

 

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