Proverbs 25:1-12

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Proverbs 25

1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

The proverbs contained in chapters 25-29 were composed by Solomon but copied about 250 years later by the men of Hezekiah, King of Judah.

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

God's counsels and works go beyond the limits of human intelligence. He has many hidden secrets in His natural creation, in His written Word, and in His providential dealings. God has chosen not to reveal everything about Himself and His plans.

Deuteronomy 29:29 says,

29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

A wise king will keep himself informed of important developments affecting his kingdom and make full investigation into everything in order to render true judgments and formulate sound policies.

Whereas God delights in concealing some things, kings delight in being investigative.

Just as it is not wrong for God to conceal some things, it is not wrong for kings to conceal some things. Some things should not be known by all.

A wise individual will be diligent in searching out the spiritual treasures concealed in the Bible.

3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

The heaven seems limitless; so does the depth of earth as does the heart of kings. No one knows exactly what kings are thinking. However, it is wise to search all of these things out.

4 Take away the dross [i.e. impurities] from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer [i.e. silversmith].

When silver is melted, the dross or impurities rise to the surface like scum and are scraped off. When these impurities are removed, the silversmith has molten metal that is suitable for making jewelry.

5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

Just as silver is made more useful by removing impurities, kings will be wise to remove wicked people (perhaps counselors or advisors) from himself and replace them with those who are righteous in order that his kingdom be established on a righteous basis.

In a church ministry, we ought always to remove those who are not right with God in order that we not be adversely influenced by them and in order that our work not be corrupted by them.

6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

Do not push yourself to the forefront in the royal court or seek a place among celebrities.

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.

It is far better to be invited to a place of honor than to seize it and then be publicly humiliated in the king's presence.

Jeremiah 45:5 - 5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

Luke 14:7-10 - 7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

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.

Don't be in a hurry to accuse someone of something. Remember that he might not be guilty, and you will eventually be very embarrassed over it.

9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover [i.e. reveal, disclose] not a secret [i.e. betray not a confidence] to another:

Matthew 18:15-17 - 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy [i.e. shame, dishonor, or bad reputation] turn not away.

You may become a gossip. Being a famous gossip is infamous.

11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

The right or appropriate word is always precious and attractive.

12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

A wise rebuker adds moral beauty to the one who is willing to listen.