- Proverbs 25:16-20
- Prov 25:16 (KJB)
- Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou
be filled therewith, and vomit it.
- This verse teaches us two things. First, of all whenever we find
something that is lawful and pleasurable, we must not over indulge as one
who is a glutton and hurts his stomach by overeating and then vomiting up
the food. What good is gorging yourself and then vomiting everything up? By
doing that you get no nutrition from the food. Same thing with anything we
do in excess because we could abuse whatever it is. The second thing is
connected to verse 27. If we find a good friend and want to spent time with
him, we must realize that he has a life also and we should not overstay our
- Prov 25:17 (KJB)
- Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee,
and so hate thee.
- This is a general principle as well as being connected to verse 26. If
we found a good friend, we must not find ourselves smothering him and not
allowing him to live his own life. If we continue to be at his house
continually, then we will overstay our welcome and instead of the friendship
getting stronger, it will become weaker. This principle should be adhered to
all the time. We should never impose ourselves on others because they have
lives to live and if we hinder them from doing their work, we can interfere
with their families. This principle definitely needs to be applied in the
work place. I remember a saying that I saw in some offices, “If you have
nothing to do, please don’t do it here.” How many times have people that had
nothing to do, come into my office at work and have stopped me from doing my
job. It is very frustrating and causes a person to fall behind on their
daily duties. Don’t be the type of person that people run from, instead be
the type of person that people run to!
- Prov 25:18 (KJB)
- A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a
maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
- Maul - Club or something which disperses or breaks in pieces/
- This verse is teaching very plainly that those who lie are as dangerous
as any type of weapon known to man. (Prov
18:21 KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they
that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs
18:21 speaks about death and life in the power of the tongue. I do not think
we humans grasp the reality of how powerful speech is. Just look at some of
the dictators of the past such as Hitler, who devastated an entire continent
as the crescendo to all his speeches of persuasion. Anyone who is a witness
is showing that they have the power in their tongue to convict a person or
exonerate them. This is why it is so important to understand that even the
slightest comment about someone can mushroom into something devastating.
- Prov 25:19 (KJB)
- Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like
a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
- Confidence - Trust or security
- Trouble - Adversity
- One of the major themes in Proverbs is concerning the faithfulness or
trustworthiness of a person. Before we ever decide to commit anything
significant to a person, we should know their character inside and out. They
should already have been proven. If a person is trusted with something vital
and they prove to be unfaithful, especially in critical times, then there
can be devastating consequences. This verse speaks about a broken tooth and
a foot out of joint. Both of these would cause tremendous pain until they
were fixed and the unfaithful man would also cause much consternation until
he is either replaced or retrained, if possible. Never commit anything to
anyone which is beyond their ability.
- Prov 25:20 (KJB)
- As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as
vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
- Back in 25:11, we read about the words that are spoken of properly. In
this verse there is a person who has a heavy heart, maybe they lost a loved
one or they lost a job or suffered some other type of adversity. The one who
comes along with trite sayings such as “cheer up,” things could be worse”,
“It will get better.” These type of sayings show no commiseration with the
individual. (Rom 12:15 KJV) Rejoice with
them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
If we see someone with a heavy heart, then we need to be
there for them and let them know it. When a person is grieving, they have to
grieve themselves because you cannot grieve for them nor should you try to
stop them from grieving since it is a time process. If someone loses a job,
we can help them work on their resume without charging them for it or be
there in some other way for them. This verse is also speaking of a person
who just brings words and nothing else. People who are on the mend, either
from emotional or some type of other loss, need more than words. That is
when they need their friends and family very badly to help them and help
motivate them if needed. Words are fine but actions reveal true friendship.