June 10th

Proverbs 25-27

  • 25:2-3— God’s mind is far greater than that of a king, but a king’s mind is greater than that of a common person
  • 25:4-5— Kings, in order to be faithful and successful, should be taken away from bad advisors and influences
  • 25:6-7— Jesus gives similar advice on choosing where to sit at a banquet. Choose humbly and be pleasantly surprised if you’re honored
  • 25:8-10— Hastiness comes up again as a bad thing. Wisdom definitely falls in line with patience and thinking through things
  • 25:11-14— These verses give clear, simple ways to bless and harm others
  • 25:15— Instead of trying to win battles with power, often we need to use kindness
  • 25:16— Good, practical advice. Too much of a good thing, is bad
  • 25:19— When needed, these things will all ultimately fail you
  • 25:20— Know your audience. A heavy heart needs you to mourn with it. Don’t make it worse.
  • 25:21-22— Kill them with kindness
  • 25:28— Self-control is what protects us from temptation and sin, just like walls protect a city from attack.
  • 26:2— If a curse is cast but has no cause, it will not come to fruition.
  • 26:3-4— We are not to mimic the fool or we will have the same fate
  • 26:6-8— Teaching wisdom to those determined to be foolish is a waste
  • 26:9-12— A list of foolish people and how foolish it is to entrust foolish people with anything.
  • 26:13-16— This sluggard guy sounds awful! It does not sound like someone I want to be
  • 26:17— When we step into minor quibbles that are not our business it is ultimately harmful and unnecessary.
  • 26:21— Hothead men tend to ignite controversy everywhere they go
  • 26:23— The glaze is used to make a simple pot look fancier and more appealing. Like this, speech pretending to have love also attempt to cover up the evil in one’s heart
  • 26:24-26—Hate in our heart can be masked by kind sounding words, but will eventually shine through.
  • 26:27— If we create opportunities to harm others, it will ultimately come back on us.
  • 27:3— It is hard to resist the provoking of a fool
  • 27:5— Open rebuke gives a person an opportunity to self-correct. Hidden love has good intentions but doesn’t actually help the other out
  • 27:7—This is very true of our culture. We are not “hungry” for anything because all our needs are met so we tend to be ungrateful for what we have. Those in need are often grateful for anything and everything made available to them
  • 27:10— To have a friend you have to be a friend. And place a lot of value on those who are close and actually helpful rather than those who should be on paper, but actually aren’t.
  • 27:12— Humans are designed to walk away from danger, but without wisdom, we tend to ignore our natural urgings. Wisdom keeps us safe
  • 27:14— Everyone has had a noisy neighbor before. I think we can all agree it’s not a blessing
  • 27:15-16— This is simply encouraging men to make wise choices about the women they choose. A combative nature would most likely be evident before marriage.
  • 27:17— As believers, we are called to help hold one another accountable and to spur each other on towards faithfulness
  • 27:18— The one who works at something, gains the reward
  • 27:21-22— These tools and metals are referring to a purifying process. This is to suggest that a fool cannot be separated from his folly.
  • 27:23-27— The investment you put in those with whom you’re entrusted will benefit you later.

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