May 25

Today’s Text: Proverbs 29, 30, 31

Highlights of today’s reading: Proverbs 29 ends the wise sayings of Solomon. Chapter 30 contains the words of Agur. Chapter 31 contains the words of King Lemuel.

For the most part Proverbs was written from the perspective of a father speaking to his son (the expression “my son” is found 23 times).  Young men especially should read it and apply its wisdom.  The book also says much about the behavior of women and interestingly the book closes with a lengthy, beautiful praise of the godly woman.

In the beginning of chapter 31 what two things was King Lemuel warned about by his mother?  Instead of pursuing these what was he told to pursue?


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7 Responses to May 25

  1. Jeff

    30:9- give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
    9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. I’ve always liked these verses. The realization that your socioeconomic status can affect your relationship with God. Not that it has to but often with poverty comes desperation and with riches comes pride.

    30:18-19- There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: 19 the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman./ I kinda get the first three but what do you think he means by the way of a man with a young woman that is not understandable?

    • Jimmy Haynes

      I believe it refers to the unexplainable phenomenon of how when a man becomes captivated with a woman he suddenly becomes totally irrational and goofy – cant see straight, cant eat, starts writing poems, starts dressing different and wearing cologne and listening to Barry Manilow, becomes a different person doing silly things no one ever imagined that person doing. This can be good or bad of course. Its a beautiful part of how God created us, but which needs to be governed by God’s word.

  2. Mary K

    I found King Lemuel’s mother’s way with words very interesting in that she seems to be telling him to live his life in such a way that he doesn’t have to use wine/beer. Leave that to the miserable who have wasted their lives and need to forget what they’ve done.

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