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Proverbs 25: Further Sayings

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Gustave Doré: King Solomon Writing Proverbs

We continue our journey through Proverbs and we find more nuggets of gold.

God delights in concealing things;
    scientists delight in discovering things.

Perhaps our world today needs to appreciate the mystery of Christ more than we value our own powers to understand or our desire to control.

Remove impurities from the silver
    and the silversmith can craft a fine chalice;
Remove the wicked from leadership
    and authority will be credible and God-honoring.

Perhaps our world today needs to appreciate authenticity and honesty more than we value trickery and plotting.

Trusting a double-crosser when you’re in trouble
    is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.

Perhaps our societies today need to trust fidelity and hope more than we value wealth and fame.

If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch;
    if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink.
Your generosity will surprise him with goodness,
    and God will look after you.

Perhaps our societies today need to trust the words of Christ to love out enemies more than we value revenge and power.

A north wind brings stormy weather,
    and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.

Perhaps we need to tend to the little moments in our lives rather than look for momentous ones.

Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary
    is a letter from a long-lost friend.

Perhaps we need to tend to those close to us rather than look for new friends when our old friends bring us the truth.

Perhaps we might learn a bit of wisdom from these further sayings.

When we explore other translations of these verses from THE MESSAGE, we open ourselves to more of God’s wisdom.

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