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Proverbs 22:16-24:34


A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
         Proverbs 25-29 includes additional sayings of Solomon evidently collated in the time of King Hezekiah (c. 700 B.C.).  According to 2 Chronicles 29:30, Hezekiah was instrumental in restoring the focus of his people on God and renewing their use of various psalms and sayings.  The parallel between Solomon and Hezekiah is interesting:  Solomon was the last king to rule over the united monarchy created by Saul and then David; Hezekiah was the first king to rule over the remainder of the kingdom after the Assyrians had conquered the northern part in 722 B.C. 
         From an initial series with a common theme of the king, these proverbs include advice and warnings about relationships with neighbors, honesty in relationships, self-control and the consequences of our own actions (among other concerns).
         Some of the key proverbs include:
25:17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house B too much of you and he will hate you.
25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if thirsty, give him water to drink.
25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.
26:12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? 
              There is more hope for a fool than for him.
26:20  Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
27: 01  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
28: 01  The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as lions.
28:06   Better to be a poor man with a blameless life  than a rich man who is perverse.
28:13  He who conceals his sins doesn’t prosper,
              but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
29:20  Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There’s more hope for a fool than him.
29:25  Fearing people is a trap, but trusting in the LORD keeps you safe.
         So many facts in our lives are explained and clarified by the wise sayings in the book of Proverbs.  Overstaying our welcome, compassion for everyone, the need for humility, the destructiveness of gossip, the frailty of human life and the unpredictability of circumstances, and the need to put our trust in God rather than man are all discussed in this section.
         Today, ask yourself if there is any area of your life you need to bring to God in confession asking for forgiveness and renewal.  Then confess and seek His forgiveness.  Ask yourself if you ever avoid more involvement with God's work because other people might think and if that is not the same thing as fearing the opinions of other people more than you have reverence for God's will.  Then decide how your gifts and energy can be put to use in Christian service in the church (Hint:  if you are not sure what to do, talk it over with your pastor or a mature Christian).  Then go to work!  When you do, you will be glad you did.

8 A. Eugene Pearson 2011