Wisdom and Peace (Proverbs 25:1-26:28)

Philip Stewart, 21st August 2016
Part of the Study of Proverbs series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service

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Bible Quote 25:1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
25:3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
25:4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
25:5 remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

25:6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;
25:7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes
25:8 do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
25:9 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
25:10 or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.

25:11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
25:12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
25:13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
25:15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

25:16 If you find honey, eat just enough- too much of it, and you will vomit.
25:17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house- too much of you, and he will hate you.
25:18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
25:19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
25:20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
25:22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
25:23 As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
25:24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25:25 Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

25:26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
25:27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.

26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
26:3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!
26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

26:6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.
26:7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
26:8 Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.
26:9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
26:10 Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
26:13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"
26:14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
26:15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.
26:17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
26:18 Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows
26:19 is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
26:20 Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.

26:21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
26:22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
26:23 Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.
26:24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.
26:25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.

26:26 His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
26:27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.
26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
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