May 23

Today’s reading: Proverbs 23, 24, 25

Highlights – More practical wisdom. In today’s reading are thoughts about adversity and loving our enemies, more about wealth, disciplining children, and laziness. There is advice about keeping a matter private when you learn something negative about your neighbor (25:8-10), similar to what Jesus taught in Matthew 18:15.

Today’s reading contains an extended warning about wine (23:29-35). What is Solomon’s point? What had he said about it in 20:1?


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3 Responses to May 23

  1. Mary K

    I think Solomon’s point is that eventually you will endure anything to have more to drink and that drinking wine will become your only reason to live. And although he is speaking specifically about wine here, there are lots of things in life that look really good and are very enticing that will do a person in in the long haul. We have to beware of them all.

    I have a question about 25:27 where it says it is not good to eat too much honey (which I understand) and it is not honorable to search out matters that are too deep. I don’t understand what the instruction is for the last part of this sentence. Can anyone help me out?

  2. Jimmy

    Thanks Mary K – There seems to be some question about the translation on the second part of v27 – A footnote in the English Standard Version says “the exact meaning in the Hebrew is uncertain.” If you read a few translations you will see most have a different idea, something like “it is not glorious to seek one’s own glory”. Another translation, Darbys is similar to the NIV which LaGard Smith is using and puts it “to search into weighty matters is [itself] a weight.” It reminds me of the statement in Ecclesiastes 12 – “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh”, or maybe the New Testament statement “avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless” (Titus 3:9). We do that sometimes…go on and on and sometimes arguing forever about questions that men have never seemed to understand and sometimes don’t matter. That would not be honorable.

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