THE BOOK OF PROVERBS #8
Wise Words from Hezekiah's Men
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter [SO IT IS WITH THE WORD OF GOD; THE TRUTH OF A PARTICULAR SUBJECT IS NOT FOUND IN JUST ONE PLACE IN THE BIBLE; IT IS SCATTERED, YOU HAVE TO AS JESUS SAID, "SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES....." YOU MUST BE READING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION, YOU MUST GET ALL THE VERSES ON ANY ONE TOPIC, BEFORE ALL THE TRUTH IS BROUGHT TO LIGHT. TWO HELPFUL BIBLE BOOKS TO DO THIS ARE STRONG'S CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE AND NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE. IT CAN TAKE HOURS UPON HOURS TO STUDY JUST ONE SUBJECT. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE I WAS 18 YEARS OLD [DEEP STUDY] AND READING THE BIBLE FROM AGE 7. NOW JUST ABOUT ALL OF THE IMPORTANT BIBLE TOPICS ARE ON MY WEBSITE. BUT YOU SHOULD LOOK UP ALL THE VERSES IN ALL THE STUDIES AS YOU STUDY THEM - Keith Hunt]
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable [Well maybe it can be so, but depends what what you m,in by unsearchable; Certainly god the Father and His Son Christ Jesus, as Kings, it is so; but what God wants us to know is found in His Holy Bible - Keith Hunt]
4 Take away the dross from silver, and it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness [Certainly this was so way way back in history when the king was supreme in command - Keith Hunt]
6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great;
7 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 [It is protocol to be humble before a king or prime minister or president; better it is for him/her to acknowledge you and give you the invite; being pushy in front of such, will give you big embarrassment when you are told to "shut up, stand back, and sit way back there" - Keith Hunt]
From the New KJV Study Bible
25:2 We shall never comprehend all of God's ways (Rom. 11:33-36); but the responsibility of kings and commoners is to learn as much as possible about our tasks and opportunities in God's world.
25:6, 7 In God's kingdom, and in human affairs, humility is the key to promotion before the Great King (see Luke 14:7-11).
8 Do not go hastily to court; for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor has put you to shame?
9 Debate your case with your neighbor, and do not disclose the secret to another;
10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame, and your reputation be ruined.
[First, Christians do not take Christians to court - 1 Cor. 6. Second, if taking a non-Christian to court over some matter, be not quick to do it; you need to weigh up all the pros and cons..... are you in the right? are they in the wrong? have you enough evidence to win your case. If you do not really have the winning stuff, your opponent will make you look a fool and put you to shame. Third, best to try and debate the case with your unconverted whoever, try to solve the problem without having to go to the expense and time involved to be settled in a court of law. Keep it all as quiet as possible, do not tell people about it all, for if your wrong, those whom you've told, some will no doubt tell others, and you be shamed and your reputation be ruined.
We are naturally here talking about such things as being LARGE.... that could involve thousands of dollars; what you think was shoddy workmanship from an "expert" in that skill they were hired to perform; there could be any number of things that would be large and important as to why your taking an unconverted person to court; the small things should be dealt with Christian love - forget it and move on. This is my opportunity to say, though Christians should show love, take some things on the chin, Christians should not be a door mat for people to wipe their dirty feet on; try to solve issues out of court with the unconverted, if it is (ah, wisdom again needs to be used) large and important enough.....then you can go to court with the unconverted or non-Christian, but make sure to follow the advice above - Keith Hunt]
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
[How so true, words, good words, said with a good attitude, mixed with kindness and love, said at the right time, can be like golden apples on a silver plate; a wise (there it is once more - wisdom) rebuker/corrector is like a precious ornament (i.e. solid gold ring that never decays) to those who will take correction and so turn on its path. Part of being a REAL child of God is to admit to the Lord and to man "I was wrong....and you are correct....I will go in the way that is right." Yes of course that is the right attitude, for it is the attitude of HUMILITY! And I think again of Isaiah 66:2 - Keith Hunt]
13 Like the cold of snow in time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the life of his masters [This looks from the positive side of harvesting with some cold coming long; your out sweating away maybe 3 days or so, under the blazing sun, then comes a cool breeze, or a cool night, and it refreshes your body and mind. There have been days this summer (2017) at the horse ranch where being outside with them, under the blazing sun and 28 C temperature is very draining..... then a cool breeze comes up and what a blessing. So it is that a faithful messenger from say one army to another army that delivers the message rightly and faithfully, maybe it could bring the two armies a truce of peace - what rejoicing that would be - Keith Hunt]
14 Whoever falsely boasts of giving is like clouds and wind without rain [Yes it may look good to the hearers, the boasting of this person saying he's giving to this charity and that charity, but they are actually lying; it's all like clouds and wind that outwardly looks like needed rain, but there no rain in the clouds - it's empty - no reality at all - Keith Hunt]
15 By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone [By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance. (Gen. 32:4; 1 Sam. 25:24; Prov. 15:1; 16:14) - Amplified Bible. There are times when forbearance, calmness, soft speech, is the way to bring the results that are needed from someone in authority - Keith Hunt]
16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit [I guess too much honey and yes, too much of a good thing can make you sick. Recently learnt that natural organic honey contains all the "B" vitamins, so a spoon full of honey not only makes the medicine go down, but provides you all the B vitamins - Keith Hunt]
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house, lest he become weary of you and hate you [Again too much of a good thing can spoil the relationship - Keith Hunt]
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow [If your the one on the receiving side of a false witness, depending on what the context is all about, you could be like a person getting club, sword, or an arrow, in your body - not pleasant at all - Keith Hunt]
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint [Pretty self explanatory - had some bad toothache in my life time, so sure can understand this proverb - Keith Hunt]
20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, and like vinegar on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart [He who sings songs to a heavy heart, is like him who lays off a garment in cold weather and like vinegar upon soda. (Dan. 6:18; Rom. 12:15) - Amplified Bible. Taking off clothes and not putting them on, when it's winter is doing the very opposite to what you need to do; vinegar on soda....like rubbing vinegar into a freshly cut wound....woooowwww!!! So singing songs to a heavy heart is...."wow....please stop, can't you see I'm of heavy heart right now" - Keith Hunt]
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:20
22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
[Doing the very opposite to an enemy, you doing good to them for evil they do to you, can indeed bring some enemies such a mind-bend it's like their head is on fire; their mind can hardly entertain that you are giving back good for bad - Keith Hunt]
23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
[As a north wind can bring rain and snow; so a backbiting tongue usually brings forth an angry face from the one in the line of backbiting, and/or the one delivering the backbiting has an angry tongue to go with an angry face - all results from such a person are not good for anyone - Keith Hunt]
24 It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman [This is once more repeated: the Amplified Bible reads: “It is better to dwell in the corner of the house top than to share a house with, a disagreeing, quarrelsome, and scolding woman (Prov. 21:9).” There is really nothing for me to add - Keith Hunt]
25 As cold water to a weary life, so is good news from a far country [Ah so true it is, for anyone having relations, or friends, in a far away country, to hear good news about them is as refreshing as cold water when you are burning up with the heat from outside your home - Keith Hunt]
26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well [We as Christians are to stand tall and strong; we are to fight the good fight; remain faithful to the end; be a light to the wicked. All people know murky water can kill you; all know a polluted well is useless; the righteous must not become contaminated before sin and evil and wickedness; the righteous must be part of Hebrews 11 - Keith Hunt]
27 It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one's own glory is not glory [We have seen too much honey can actually make you sick; and so though glory can be good, to seek it out for oneself is not really true glory for once again like many things it is not humility - Keith Hunt]
28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls
[Back in old history if your city did not have good strong walls it was nothing for a powerful enemy to defeat and take your city, you were vulnerable to bad things happening to you and those inside your city. So a person who cannot control his emotions is open for attack from many sources of the world and from demonic powers - Keith Hunt]
From the New KJV Study Bible
25:8-10 Especially Christians are encouraged to settle disputes without going to public court. See 1 Cor. 6:1-7.
25:11-15 Meditations on the power of the appropriate words.
25:13 Like the cold of snow from the mountaintops bringing some relief from the oppressive heat below (see 26:1).
25:16 Excess even in that which is good leads to disappointment.
25:20 It is no virtue to be resolutely cheerful when those around us are suffering (see also 27:14; Rom. 12:15 and notes).
25:21, 22 Coals of fire probably refers to the pricking of his conscience (see note on Rom. 12:19-21).
25:23 In both cases, the first guarantees that the second will follow.
25:26 Such a person can no longer be depended on with confidence; his wisdom is now questionable.
25:27 seek ... glory: See note on vv. 6, 7.
25:28 Life is not good for the person who cannot control himself.
As snow in summer and rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool [they just do not mix together; those who honor someone who does not deserve it (say like Adolph Hitler) are doing something so out of place, as like rain coming in harvest time - Keith Hunt]
2 Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight [Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight (Num. 23:8) - Amplified Bible. When there is no reason for a curse (again more from long ago history) it is useless, as Num.23:8 shows. The early Church of God had such shall be say “curse times” i.e. Acts 5 on a husband and wife. Later Paul would say things like, “I’ve handed them over to Satan.” He apparently could not reconcile with them - see 1 Tim. 1: 18-20. I once had to do the same with a Deacon and his wife - could not reconcile though I really tried; I had to say to God, “I’ll have to leave this situation in your hands Father” - Keith Hunt]
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back [Teaching aids for a horse and donkey; so the rod on the back of fools is sometimes required - if you live in Singapore you know well some of the laws of punishment for law-breakers - Keith Hunt]
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him [Sometimes your best way is to say nothing back to a fool, otherwise you may be as foolish as them…..
5 Answer a fool according to his folly lest he be wise in his own eyes [Other times a fool needs to be answered or he’s going away thinking he’s very wise; knowing when and when not to answer a fool takes…..yes…..wisdom - Keith Hunt]
6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks
violence [If your sending a message to the opposing army, you’d better make sure the man your using to take the message is not some fool, who may do something utterly stupid, and hence your in deep trouble, with not feet to run, and your drinking violence. Applying it in our lives - make sure your right hand men/women are not fools but very wise - Keith Hunt]
7 Like the legs of the lame that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of fools [Whatever they may say as trying to put things in a wise proverbial way, fools will only bring forth that which is useless; be wise in having no fools on your team - Keith Hunt]
8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling is he who gives honor to a fool [A stone in a sling is meant to be a weapon of defence and/or attack; you honor fools and you’ll have a bull in a china shop on the loose - destruction in one way or another will come your way - Keith Hunt]
9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools [Proverbs or whatever they say, if you have fools on your team, it will be as if you put your hand into the thorn bush….it will painfully hurt - Keith Hunt]
10 The great God who formed everything gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages [Eventually all fools and transgressors (the wicked) who will not repent shall have their wages….. “the wages of sin is death….” (Rom 6:23).
11 As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly [Fools tend to not realize they are fools, they will not be correct or guided, hence they repeat their foolishness - Keith Hunt]
12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him [About as clear as you can get; being proud and vain and thinking your wise, when you are anything but; well a fool with no ego and vanity may have more hope to find the light. Many ministers of religion have fallen because they were filled with self vanity and self wisdom - what they saw grow, even mushroom in their ministry, gave them a big head and only human wisdom. Fools may find it easier to see the light than such humanly wise men - Keith Hunt]
Against Laziness, Gossip, and Deceit
13 The lazy man says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!"
14 As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed.
15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
[Pretty plain to understand about the perpetual lazy person; they can find ever justification in the book to be lazy - Keith Hunt]
17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears [Sometimes using wisdom, you have to stay out of things that in the end could harm you. This of course has nothing to do with helping someone in a violent situation; even then wisdom must be used, if the attackers have guns and knives you’d better call the police; going into the brawl could cost your life as well as the one being attacked. Even in non-violet quarrels you have to be wise, blustering in …..well it could be in the long run like having a dog attack you because you’ve pulled its ears - Keith Hunt]
18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, '"I was only joking!"
[Pulling pranks maybe okay…. at times, under a wise mentality and situation; but under other situations that would have you say, “Well it was only a joke” - there could be for you firebrands and arrows coming your way….. unpleasant results; wisdom is again the key - Keith Hunt]
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases [Yes talebearing can be a huge firebrand to set the wood a burning and blazing; cease talebearing, cease nosy-poky talking and gossip, and strife will also cease - Keith Hunt]
From the New KJV Study Bible
26:1 See 11:22.
26:2 God controls curses (Num. 23:8), and one that is undeserved does not come to pass. God's curses are reserved for religious and moral failure.
26:3-12 All proverbs about fools. Here the fool seems to be a person who lacks tact; he is thoughtless or indifferent. The irony of v. 12 is that it is precisely the fool who is wise in his own eyes.
26:4, 5 There are times when the fool should be ignored and others when he should be corrected. Wisdom knows the difference.
26:10 See center-column note. The translation here may indicate that God will punish the fool and transgressor according to what they, deserve.
26:13-16 The lazy man is the supreme fool; he expects success without effort. There is a lion! See note on-22:13.
26:14 Rolling back and forth pointlessly.
26:17 When those involved in a quarrel seek our intervening help at a resolution, we should be willing and concerned (see Matt. 18:15, 16 and notes). Until that time, we must avoid meddling where we may cause more harm than good.
26:18,19 Folly does not consider the damage which maybe done to another person, whether intentions were for good or for evil.
26:20-22 The talebearer is a wicked person. He has done great harm amongst God's people.
21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife [This is a man who is by nature a contentious individual, argumentative, hot headed, fierce, aggressive, antagonistic, quarrelsome; they are just people you really do not want in your life - Keith Hunt]
22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body [The words can come sounding, oh so concerned, about this person they are talebearing on; it is deceptiveness to the one bearing the tale; somehow they may think by talebearing they are helping that individual they’re telling tales about; the end result is the poison goes down into the pit of the stomach; no real good is produced by it all - Keith Hunt]
23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross [The silver makes whatever it covers look real good, till it breaks and then what a shock, nothing but earth substance underneath the silver; so it is that comes out of the mouth, words formed by the lips, may sound nice and sweet, pleasant and amiable, but inside the body, the heart and mind is just mundane earthiness from a wicked heart. Some people put on quite the show to deceive their wicked intent. The apostle Paul warned about this - 1 Tim. 5: 24, 25 - Keith Hunt]
24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself;
25 When he speaks kindly, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart;
26 Though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.
[Similar to the above proverb of verse 23. Some are very clever at disguising their real true self; eventually, especially in the Church, their deceit and wickedness will be revealed, some quicker than others - Keith Hunt]
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him [Those who are out to make you fall into a ditch, or roll a large stone your way to knock you over; those out to hurt you, generally will have it come back on them. I’ve had this happen twice in my lifetime of 75 years [9/11 2017], once as a young man, then again when I was about 50 years of age…..the end result of both men was not pleasant at all….. you reap what you sow; what goes around comes around - Keith Hunt]
28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin [Again we are reminded of the power (evil or good) of the tongue; what comes out of a person in speech; words can crush, they can ruin while flattering; they can destroy, they can ruin a reputation; the mouth can lie; from it can come vanity, pride, egotism, boasting. We are fully warned of its power by the apostles James in his epistle - Keith Hunt
From the New KJV Study Bible
26:23-26 The danger of one who pretends kindness but plans evil.
26: 25 seven abominations. The number 7 symbolized completeness. His character and plans are thoroughly wicked.
26: 27 Planned violence to another often backfires.
26: 28 A lying tongue results from hatred in the heart. It is is kindled with the fire of hell (James 2:3-6).
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