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A Drink Of Wisdom

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Solomon was given wisdom by God, that is rarely seen among today's leaders, and the proverbs contain a good sampling of this wisdom...this devotional from the Song of Solomon is just a little taste :note:

Proverbs 26:1 "As snow in summer,
and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool."


We know that snow in summer is completely out of place and rain
in harvest can ruin the crop. We know that it is completely out of
place for a fool to be honored.

Proverbs 26:17 "He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife
[belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears."


Never, and I mean never, jump into someone else's quarrel.
Meddling tells you right off that this is of no concern to the passer-by.
Meddling is interfering in something that is none of your business.
If you pull a dog's ear, he will bark and maybe bite you. The same
thing will happen if you interfere in someone else's problems. they
will turn on you and injure you.

Proverbs 26:18 "As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows,
and death," Proverbs 26:19 "So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his
neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?"


To say that your ugly words were only teasing is just not enough.
To hurt a neighbor is a really bad thing, but to them laugh and say it
was a joke, after the damage is done is inexcusable. this type of
behavior could cause the damaged person to harm, or perhaps even kill
you.

Proverbs 26:20 "Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so
where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth."


This is just saying, stop adding fuel to the fire and the fire
will die down. A rumor cannot damage anyone until it is told, Gossip
is like the wood. It causes widespread damage. To stop the damage,
stop the gossip. This continues in the next verse.

Proverbs 26:21 "[As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to
fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife."


We see, there, a situation where the coals of gossip have just
about gone out, but a contentious man who loves trouble will go in
there and rekindle the mess all over again. To make coals re-ignite
you blow on them and add a little kindling (gossip) to the fire. this
makes an even hotter fire than you had in the first place. This evil
man wants to keep the quarrel going so he stirs it up a little and
gets it going full blast again.

Proverbs 26:22 "The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and
they go down into the innermost parts of the belly."


Bearing tales is a very bad sin. The tongue is the most evil part
of the body. It cuts at the spirit of man and destroys his inner most
being, while a real knife cuts at the flesh of man. Cutting words that
cut into our inner most being are hard to heal.

Proverbs 26:23 "Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a
potsherd covered with silver dross."


We see in this a worthless vessel (potsherd) covered with silver
to make it seem from the outside to be very valuable. If you are
looking at this from the spiritual standpoint, it makes it appear to
be redeemed (silver). This person, mentioned here, has beautiful
burning lips which seem to be affectionate. they are a deceit coming
from a wicked heart.

Proverbs 26:24 "He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and
layeth up deceit within him;" Proverbs 26:25 "When he speaketh fair,
believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart."


These "seven abominations in his heart" just mean that he is
completely consumed with an evil heart, This "dissembleth" means that
he uses words to tear apart every one he sees. He is a very evil man.
This man flatters you to try to destroy you. This is deceit to the
utmost.

Proverbs 26:26 "[Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his
wickedness shall be shewed before the [whole] congregation."


We see what modern society calls a two-faced man. He appears to
be one thing and is, in fact, something entirely different. We see in
this, that this person will be found out. Whether in this life or not,
we cannot say, but when he stands before Jesus, all will be known. He
cannot deceive the Lord.

Proverbs 26:27 "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he
that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."


This is just one more way of saying, what you sow you will reap.
This just warns us that the fate we have planned for others comes home
to us. Here, again, this result may not come on this earth, but it
shall surely come. The Judge of the whole world knows everything you
do.

Proverbs 26:28 "A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted
by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin."


This lying tongue goes along with deceit, Perhaps here we see
this going even further to destroy someone. Undeserved flattery causes
great problems for the person receiving the flattery. This flattery is
ordinarily used to try to con someone.

The Bible warns us that the wisdom of the world is foolishness in the sight of God. Romans 1:20ff, I Cor 1:18-25.
God's wisdom is given in His Word and by His Spirit. I Cor 2:11-16.
Be filled with the Spirit, and seek HIS wisdom!

Glory to God
 
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