PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY
The comments are interleaved with the text.
These also are proverbs of Solomon; the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied them out:
God gets glory from concealing things;
kings get glory from investigating things.
COMPARING GOD AND KINGS WAS COMMON IN THE ANCIENT WORLD. HERE GOD’S RETICENCE IS NOTED.
Like the sky for height or the earth for depth
is the heart of kings — unfathomable.
THIS IS MERE ROYALIST PROPAGANDA
Remove the impurities from the silver,
and the smith has material to make a vessel.
Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,
and his throne will rest firmly on righteousness.
NOTE THE IMPURITY IS NOT IN THE KING
Don’t put yourself forward in the king’s presence;
don’t take a place among the great.
GOOD ADVICE GIVEN THE ARROGANCE OF ROYAL COURTS
For it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
than be degraded in the presence of a nobleman.
JESUS USED THIS PROVERB
What your eyes have seen,
don’t rush to present in a dispute.
For what will you do later on,
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES…?
Discuss your dispute with your neighbor,
but don’t reveal another person’s secrets.
If you do, and he hears of it, he will disgrace you,
and your bad reputation will stick.
COMMUNITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING A SQUABBLE
Like apples of gold in settings of silver
is a word appropriately spoken.
Like a gold earring, like a fine gold necklace
is a wise reprover to a receptive ear.
THE SOCIAL VALUE OF WISE SPEECH
Like the coldness of snow in the heat of the harvest
is a faithful messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes his master’s spirit.
WITH NO TECHNICAL MEDIA THE MESSENGER WAS ALL-IMPORTANT TO THE SENDER
Like clouds and wind that bring no rain
is he who boasts of gifts he never gives.
With patience a ruler may be won over,
and a soft tongue can break bones.
If you find honey, eat only what you need;
for if you eat too much of it, you may throw it up
so don’t visit your neighbor too much,
or he may get his fill of you and come to hate you.
IF YOU THINK YOUR VISITS ARE SO SWEET, MAYBE YOU NEED A REJECTION
Like a club, a sword or a sharp arrow
is a person who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
VIOLENCE IS NOT ALWAYS PHYSICAL
Relying on an untrustworthy person in a time of trouble
is like relying on a broken tooth or an unsteady leg.
Like removing clothes on a chilly day.
A BREACH OF TRUST IS KEENLY FELT.
Like pouring vinegar on wounds
is someone who sings songs to a heavy heart.
If someone who hates you is hungry, give him food to eat;
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
For you will heap fiery coals of shame on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
JESUS LEARNED FROM THIS, SO PROBABLY WE CAN
The north wind brings rain
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
It is better to live on a corner of the roof
than to share the house with a nagging wife.
THE FOURTH REPETITION OF THIS IN PROVERBS. MAYBE IF YOU HAVE AS MANY WIVES AS SOLOMON YOU WILL GO ON NAG.GING ABOUT NAGGING
Like cold water to a person faint from thirst
is good news from a distant land.
EVEN YET, BUT HOW MUCH MORE SO THEN!
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
is a honest person who gives way before the wicked.
HONESTY LIKE WATER IS PRECIOUS
It isn’t good to eat too much honey
or to seek honor after honor.
BALANCE, SELF CONTROL
Like a city breached, without walls,
is a person who lacks self-control.