Text: Proverbs 25:1-15 (KJV)
1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
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.
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.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As 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.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Key Verse: “Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another.” – (Proverbs 25:9)
Quarrels or strifes often arise between two parties due to opposing, or conflicting view points. At times, some intentions may be misunderstood. Sometimes, the words may be misinterpreted or misconceived. Mostly, misconceptions and misrepresentation are largely due to the limit of human knowledge. It is only God, the Omniscient that knows all things.
Today’s passage majorly deals with human relationships. It also dwells much about righteous kings and their subjects. It reveals how a wise person will present his case. A warning is given against being too hasty in making accusations against anyone. There is also a lesson on humility as men are advised, “Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king… 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…” Before a wise person will argue his case, he should have all his facts concerning what he is to argue. If he does not, then he may face embarrassment and disgrace when those before whom the case is argued find out that he does not know what he is saying. A person’s speech will be accepted and appreciated if he speaks a good word at the right time. It is not the amount of words that matters but the timing, politeness and appropriateness of what one says.
Words are very important. Words make or mar the reputation of man. God expects His people to speak good words; words of encouragement, words of faith, and words that edify. Even when offended, gracious words “breaketh the bone” (Proverbs 25:15).
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