Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 25


Proverbs 25

Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 These are also the proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.

As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the hearts and minds of kings are unsearchable.

Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth [the material for] a vessel for the silversmith [to work up].

Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).

Be not forward (self-assertive and boastfully ambitious) in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men;

For better it is that it should be said to you, Come up here, than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whose eyes have seen you.

Rush not forth soon to quarrel [before magistrates or elsewhere], lest you know not what to do in the end when your neighbor has put you to shame.

Argue your cause with your neighbor himself; discover not and disclose not another’s secret,

10 Lest he who hears you revile you and bring shame upon you and your ill repute have no end.

11 A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

12 Like an earring or nose ring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to an ear that listens and obeys.

13 Like the cold of snow [brought from the mountains] in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him; for he refreshes the life of his masters.

14 Whoever falsely boasts of gifts [he does not give] is like clouds and wind without rain.

15 By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.

16 Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey? Eat only as much as is sufficient for you, lest, being filled with it, you vomit it.

17 Let your foot seldom be in your neighbor’s house, lest he become tired of you and hate you.

18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a heavy sledgehammer and a sword and a sharp arrow.

19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint.

20 He who sings songs to a heavy heart is like him who lays off a garment in cold weather and like vinegar upon soda.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

22 For in doing so, you will [a]heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.

23 The north wind brings forth rain; so does a backbiting tongue bring forth an angry countenance.

24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop than to share a house with a disagreeing, quarrelsome, and scolding woman.

25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far [home] country.

26 Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.

27 It is not good to eat much honey; so for men to seek glory, their own glory, causes suffering and is not glory.

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


6 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 25”

  1. Chapter 25

    The mysteries of God are revealed for His Glory. Here is a key: Desire in your heart to do those things that God has planned for your life, by this you Honor God. Can you out give God? [Vs:1]

    Purge your heart before the Lord of all the sin and unbelief – lay it down. Then stand cleansed and walk with a pure heart before him and he will lift you up in due season. Be cautious to take matters into your own hands, even in court the law can be used to make a fool seem right. Better to save your money and plead your case before God. He will take up the matter like a fair-minded judicature on your behalf.

    Count it a fine gift to be counseled by your leader and listen intently to what is told to you. Don’t worry, all things are ordered by the Lord in due season. Remember, feelings (flattery) aren’t always real, so don’t abandon your good conscience for a fleeting infatuation. [Vs:2-13]

    It is through patience and sweet reasonableness that you obtain success. Over indulgence is not wise under any circumstance. Better to be conservative and weigh the balance. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, practice being missed instead of being told to leave by people. Don’t be destructive with your words or play mind games. Don’t be a pawn for Satan. Speak the truth. Here is tidbit of advise for wives; learn how to fight a good fight, using Wisdom – otherwise you could find yourself alone. Be known as someone who is faithful and dependable in times of trouble. Be sympathetic and kind to a person whose heart is broken. [Vs:14-20]

    Showing empathy to an enemy is better than lowering your standards. Strive to do what is right in God’s eyes and He will reward you for being faithful. Don’t provoke someone with subtleties and ill remarks – otherwise don’t be shocked by their angry looks.[Vs:21-24]

    Keep in touch with those you love and care about. Just as your Heavenly Father loves to hear your prayers.[Vs:25]

    Even if you bribe someone to get what you want, it is shallow and temporary at best. It’s better to be satisfied with little than to bite off more than you can chew. You have only yourself to blame if you don’t trust in the Lord. [Vs:26-28]

    Live for Jesus!~Zoey

    1. Most definitely when I read this, does it inspire me to live for Jesus. I really liked the phrase, “practice being missed instead of being told to leave by people.” 🙂

  2. Day 25: Proverbs 25

    28 He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls

    Today, this scripture caught my attention. It could be read as, He who has no self control, who allows his emotions full reign, as evidenced by what is coming out of his mouth, will be like a place, a community where people are supposed to be blessed, sheltered, nurtured and protected that has been looted, destroyed, and robbed of all that is good. A place of lost dreams, broken hearts, sickness, and total dysfunction. Doesn’t this sound amazingly similar to our “American culture?” After generations that have been raised on “follow your heart” and “you deserve the best, the most, whenever you want it and f you want it, take it,” mentality, is it any wonder? Everywhere I look, I see the results of lives lived from the core value of “no rule” in their emotions and thoughts. I see brokenness and constant wounding because of lack of protection. I see broken walls but also entrances blocked with fall out rubble. This creates hearts that are blocked, trapped and others that are unable to be reached or to reach out.

    A broken down city, is not a place I want to be. It is a very unstable, and unsafe place.God has given me the capacity to rule, to walk in His authority. However, I must take it and walk it out in my life. He has given me His Holy Spirit which comes standard with self control. No matter the person, the personality or whim, the Holy Spirit still brings self control as well as many other fruits. God designed us to rule and has given us His Holy Spirit to teach us how.

    I believe God designed us to be in community with Him and for that community to overflow with each other. Cities are places people gather to live their lives, to share their resources and experiences. That is how our hearts are to be, places that are filled with His resources that He directs in building community between us. Our hearts are to be well guarded, well tended, with constant attention to allowing the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be cultivated and harvested, with many entrances, all well protected but accessible to those whom He directs. He will use us to repair other broken “cities.”

    *****Thank you, Lord for teaching us how to rule over our spirits. To reign daily over our hearts and souls. Help us fulfill the destiny you have for us. Let your Holy Spirit govern the monarchy of our hearts.

    Isaiah 58:11-12

    The Message (MSG)
    A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places

    9-12 “If you get rid of unfair practices,
    quit blaming victims,
    quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
    If you are generous with the hungry
    and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
    Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
    your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
    I will always show you where to go.
    I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
    firm muscles, strong bones.
    You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
    a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
    You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
    rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
    You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
    restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
    make the community livable again.

    1. Jenni:
      You have shown how the narrowing view of our irrational behavior can destroy the temple where His Spirit dwells within each of our beings…the true self – our soul-man or inner-man. Let us not cause rubble to block the passage of Jesus who brings healing, renewing and rebuilding. What a key word you bring to us Jenni, my prayer is for those to read and hear what the Spirit of God is saying to us, His Church. Blessings~Zoey

      1. Together, you and I and the whole Tapestry Treasures team are using the old rubble to build anew. In that new building we are helping many others to restore, rebuild and renovate. Glory to God!

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