Sunday, July 3, 2016

Proverbs 25: How to Act in the Presence of the King

Proverbs 25: How to Act in the Presence of the King
Read verses 2-7, 11-12, 13, 14, 21, 24, 28

Here are some proverbs written for kings but suitable for all who love learning.
The need for truth and discernment today is really quite concerning.
God has chosen not to reveal all that a leader should know,
Searching out truth, expanding your world will truly help you grow.

No more than you know the expanse of the heavens or the depths below,
That’s how much you know the king’s mind; be careful how fast you go.
Many a ruler is not certain a man is truly his friend.
Many there are who covet his power as a means to an end.

Just as the dross is purged from silver making it gloriously pure,
The wicked must be removed from the king thus making his judgment sure.
If you are wise you will not seek a place at the high king’s table.
Better to wait to be invited because he thinks you are able.

A word of advice appropriately shared is like apples of silver and gold.
Refreshing and true as fruit in its season is counsel properly told.
Appealing are rings of gold and silver inset with beautiful jewels,
And the wise rebuke, properly heeded, brings learning better than school.

Like the coolness of snow in the heat of the harvest is counsel you can trust.
The best advice is found in God’s Word. It will teach you how to adjust.
There are people quick to speak, but you find they are empty clouds.
Nothing enlightening ever comes forth, only the muttering of the crowds.

Good friends are like honey to the soul, but don’t you eat too much.
Even honey over-indulged will begin to taste like YUCH!
Visit your neighbors but not too often; keep your presence infrequent.
Such a commitment will bring them joy and not feel like mistreatment.

If your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, water to drink.
When you respond with deeds of kindness you may cause him to rethink.
It’s better to live on the roof’s tiny corner than with a contentious wife.
Let every husband demonstrate love and eliminate arguing strife.

Like a city with walls broken down is a man who lacks self-control.
How great the need for responsible men who make their families whole!
Men should treat their wives with grace, his sons and daughters too,

Strength and gentleness combined, showing them what to do.

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