More Proverbs of Solomon 25 These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness. 6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; 7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes8 do not bring[a] hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame? 9 If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence, 10 or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand. 11 Like apples[b] of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear. 13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master. 14 Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.
Monday - July 13 - Proverbs 25:1-14 The beginning of Proverbs 25 focuses on how to act wisely in the presence of a king. You should not attempt to search his heart (3), or come hastily into his presence (6), or bring a case before them too quickly (7b-10). But Jesus, our King, has changed this. We cannot know God because he is God! We are his creatures. But we are able to search out His heart at the cross and in His Word. We are able to come into his presence because we have been washed by his blood. We are able to bring our issues to him for counsel. The wisdom of this Proverb guides us when we go before our earthly leaders for counsel and judgment so that we are careful not to think too highly of ourselves and assume we are always right, but in Christ we have confidence to stand before the king and know we are welcomed and loved.