Proverbs 25:19–28 (NKJV)

19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble
Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather,
And like vinegar on soda,
Is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
And the LORD will reward you.

23 The north wind brings forth rain,
And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

24 It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

25 As cold water to a weary soul,
So is good news from a far country.

26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked
Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

27 It is not good to eat much honey;
So to seek one’s own glory is not glory.

28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
Is like a city broken down, without walls.

What a vast array of wisdom!  The writer suggests against frivolity with one who is sad.  He also encourages individuals to give your enemies food and drink when they need it, because it will brings emotional coals on their heads.  Don’t backbite, for it brings anger.  A contentious person is difficult to live with.  Good news refreshes an individual.  Seeking your own glory is like eating too many sweets: it is not satisfying.  If you don’t control your own spirit, then you have no defense for your soul.  So, be sensitive to others situations, be kind to your enemies, don’t talk about people behind their back.  Bring good news, not bad, and remain humble.  When you live by wise truths of Solomon (and God), your life will be awesome!  Live well and be humble.


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