Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Proverbs 25

I'll just get right into it.

Vs 6-7:  Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men; for it is better that he say to you, "come up here'" than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.
Its all about humility and this is how we should live.  In Phil 2 v 3 it says:  but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
If we always esteem others more highly than ourselves, we will never fall into the trap of thinking ourselves better than anyone else.  Not easy, but something to aim for.

Vs 8-9:  Do not go hastily to court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbour has put you to shame? Debate your case with your neighbour himself, and do not disclose the secret to another.
We live in a society that is quick to say, "so sue me!"  or "I'll take you to court!"  We should be going to the one we have a dispute with and try to sort it out.  I believe if we approach someone with whom we have a dispute humbly, we should be able to resolve it.  I'm sure, we all know first hand that some people are just outright unreasonable and nothing and no-one will deter them from the path they've chosen.  But God holds us responsible for our actions, not theirs!

Vs 21-22:  If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
This is what I call reverse psychology.  Do what is not expected, do it humbly, with the right attitude and do it as unto the Lord, and He will reward you.  I also kind of get a kick out of the whole heaping coals thing although I'm pretty sure this falls under 'wrong motive."

Vs 26:  A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.
I take this as an admonition to have integrity, stick by what you believe, trusting God for the outcome.  To falter would be a dent in your testimony.

Vs 28:  Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
I think what's being said here is that if we lack self-control, we are like a city with no defenses - easy to attack, easy to fall apart - Gives a whole new meaning to desiring self-control as one of the fruits of the Spirit.

Hope you are loving Proverbs as much as I am

God bless
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  1. Hi! Saw you on Pam's blog. I love this format with scripture and your response. I just read a few and now off to work. I'll be back later. :0)

    The Write Soil

  2. Hi Dawn - thanks for visiting and please come back. I appreciate the comment.
    God bless

  3. Ive said it before.. I love proverbs :) ah humility. so easy, but sooo hard!

  4. Yep, I love proverbs too. :) Humility goes a long way. Our pride often gets in the way of progress.

    PS. Is that your dog in the picture up top? What a good looking dog!

  5. Proverbs fills the mind with lots of pondering doesn't it. So much to take in. I used to read an entire chapter each day then realized that I was zipping through too fast.
    Good stuff to share. Hope you have a grand day!

  6. Why I had to serve up some humble pie just this morning. Somehow it always look better than it tastes.
    Great post as always.

  7. God holds us responsible for our actions, alone. Great point, Tracy. And yes, I do love Proverbs. :) Many blessings!

  8. Hi Kelly - ah Humility, yes

    Hi Eileen - no its not my dog but I have 4 labradors and 2 sausage dogs. Maybe this weekend I'll post pics of them for fun.

    Hi Pam, Proverbs does make you think alot, thats why I keep coming back to it. so much to learn.

    Hi Stefanie - Going to phone for that story

    Hi Lisa - Proverbs is so multi-faceted. I could do this exercise all over again, and I'd find so many other things. Its a gold mine.

    God bless all and thank you muchly New word) for all the comments.

  9. Humility isn't always easy...but a haughty spirit goes before a fall.

    I like the format you are using here - with a commentary after each verse.


  10. I just submitted an article on Blissfully Domestic about hospitality -- verses 21-22 remind me that it is about being hospitable to everyone, not just our friends.

  11. Hi Joan - your comment is much appreciated

    Hi Jen - You are so right, we should be hospitable to everyone.

    God bless

  12. Hi Tracy

    I so agree with what you said about Vs 8-9. Just had something along these lines happen at work. Two have differences and then try to get others involved in their problems. They should be working them out together. Would love to show them this post! You said it well!

    Blessings in Hm...Chelle



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