Chapter 25: Don’t Boast
It is important to note that this Proverb was written by Solomon, “…which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.” (Proverbs 25:1)
Solomon gives some really good advice…
“Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.” (Proverbs 25:14)
What is this verse telling us? It basically says that a person who promises a gift, but doesn’t give it is like clouds that fool you into thinking it will rain, when it never does. Don’t try to fool people!
“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:” (Proverbs 25:21)
This is a very simple principle, “Love thy neighbor” and “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. We should always do the right thing, even if the right thing is not popular or if it is not in our favor.
“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” (Proverbs 25:25)
This one I loved as a missionary… it is always good to hear from people, especially when you are far away. Make sure you keep in contact with friends and family.
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28)
We need to have self-control, if not we are vulnerable for anyone or anything to come into our lives and reek havoc!
Chapter 26: Honor not the Fools
“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)
If we return to our sin, we will be as the dogs and the fools.
“When he [a fool] speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart” (Proverbs 26:25) (For the seven abominations see: Proverbs 6:17-19)
When someone seems to be saying something that is a lie, it probably is! That person is probably not looking out for your own interests, but that of HIS interests. I hate to say it, but used car salesman comes to mind.
“Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone it will return upon him.” (Proverbs 26:27)
If we get ourselves into trouble, by lying or by doing something we shouldn’t… eventually we will dig ourselves into a hole or we won’t have enough strength to hold the stone and it will come tumbling down on us.