Proverbs 25:24-26:3

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Proverbs 25

24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

It is unpleasant to live with a nagging, cantankerous, contentious woman. It would be better to live in solitude in cramped quarters and have peace than to live in a large, spacious home and have a brawling woman.

Ladies, you can really upset your husband by your demeanor. In North Carolina we have learned a new phrase I don't remember hearing in Illinois, "When mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Cold waters are refreshing to someone who is thirsty. Good news is likewise refreshing. The good news from heaven, i.e. the gospel, is refreshing

In these days before e-mail, good news might take months to arrive from a distant country.

26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain [i.e. murky spring or muddied spring], and a corrupt spring [i.e. polluted well].

Bowing down suggests compromising, yielding, or failing to stand up for what is right. It is like a muddied spring or a polluted well. One looks for purity and cleanliness, but is disappointed.

27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

Over indulgence in honey is not good. Also, dwelling on one's own accomplishments, fame, successes, etc., is not good. Seeking to exalt oneself is not good.

Paul said in Philippians 3:8-14 ,

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend [i.e. laid hold of] that for which also I am apprehended of [i.e. laid hold of by] Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended [i.e. to have laid hold of it]: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

A man who has never learned to discipline his life is like an undefended city, open to every kind of attack, exposed to every temptation.

Proverbs 26

1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Snow is unseasonable in summer. Rain in harvest may damage the crop. Honoring fools is always unseasonable and may do great damage. It is inappropriate. Others may follow his example.

EXAMPLES OF THINGS THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATE:

2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

Birds do not typically wander. Swallows flit and dart in the air but their flight is unpredictable. Causeless curses do not come. There is a reason for them. An undeserved curse will never land on a person.

EXAMPLES OF THINGS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE:

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

The appropriateness of using a whip for a horse and a bridle for a donkey is compared with the appropriateness of using a rod on a fool's back. Physical punishment will get a fool's attention. It seems to be the only language he can understand. He does not respond to appeals to his understanding.

Psalms 32:9 - Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee [i.e. otherwise they will not come near you].