Proverbs

by David Cook

Day 37

Read Proverbs 25

After the death of Solomon, the nation of Israel was divided into two kingdoms-the northern kingdom of Israel, which consisted of 10 of the 12 tribes; and the southern kingdom of Judah, which was made up of the other 2 tribes, Benjamin and Judah.

Humankind does not know everything, but God does, and He reveals to us what we need to know

Hezekiah, a descendant of David, was the 13th king of Judah. During his reign, the Assyrians had conquered Israel and were bent on defeating Judah. Hezekiah, who was a godly king, ″trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel″ and kept His commands (2 Kings 18:5). Subsequently, God delivered Judah from the Assyrians. Concerned with preserving the precious law and wisdom of God for future generations, Hezekiah had scribes compile some 100 of Solomon's proverbs in Proverbs 25 to 29. This was done in a time of insecurity and threat.

Proverbs 25:2-3 reminds the reader of the place of God and the king. Humankind does not know everything, but God does, and He reveals to us what we need to know. The king in Israel represents God, but there will still be matters unknown to him. There is always something of mystery about life, and sometimes the king's heart and decisions may not be understood. At such a time, we can only trust in God, who knows all things and who appoints kings to rule in His name.

Proverbs 25 contains several noteworthy comparisons and words of wisdom:

  • Better to start out humbly than to exaggerate your importance-and be humiliated (vv. 6-7; see also Luke 14:7-11).
  • The right ruling and wise rebuke are as precious as gold, silver, and beautiful ornaments (Proverbs 25:11-12).
  • A messenger who is reliable is refreshing to his employer, like a nice cold drink given at a time of hard work (v. 13).
  • An empty promise is like weather that seems to promise much rain, but delivers none (v. 14).
  • Honey is sweet and pleasant to eat, but too much of a good thing has unpleasant consequences (vv. 16, 27). Avoid excesses and extremes, it is wise to seek moderation.
  • A lie or false testimony is as damaging and hurtful as a sword that pierces the flesh or a club that bludgeons (v. 18).
  • Be aware of whom you trust (v. 19). Relying on unfaithful friends in troubled times is like depending on a broken tooth when eating or on a lame foot when running-they are not only useless, but also painful.
  • Trying to bring cheer to someone who's depressed with a happy song is insensitive and will hurt even more-like pouring stinging vinegar on a wound or taking away a jacket when it's cold (v. 20).
  • Peace in a marriage is more important than the physical comfort of a house (v. 24; see also 21:9, 19). It is better to live on a roof or in the desert-exposed to the elements-than to live inside with a quarrelsome spouse.
  • News in those days may not have travelled fast, but when good news finally reached its hearers, it gave life and revived a weary soul (25:25).
  • A person who compromises his integrity pollutes himself (v. 26). Keep yourself pure and resist wickedness!
  • Lack of self-control and restraint leaves a person exposed to danger (v. 28).

Think through:

King Hezekiah treasured God's law and wisdom greatly, and did what he could to preserve them in people's hearts. How much do you value God's wisdom? What practical steps can you take to keep them in your mind and heart?

Which of Solomon's proverbs in chapter 25 strike you most? How can you apply his wisdom to your own life?

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David Cook was Principal of the Sydney Missionary and Bible College for 26 years. He is an accomplished writer and has authored Bible commentaries, books on the Minor Prophets, and several Bible study guides.

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