Thursday, August 25, 2022
25 Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary
is a letter from a long-lost friend.
26 A good person who gives in to a wrong person
is a muddied spring, a polluted well.
27 It’s not wise to stuff yourself with sweets,
nor is glory piled on glory good for you.
28 A person without self-control
is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.
-Proverbs 25:25-28 The Message
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
28 A man without self-control
is like a city broken into and left without walls.
-Proverbs 25:25-28 ESV
Verse 26 study: To give way to the wicked means setting aside your right and wrong standards. No one is helped by someone who promises with the wicked.
Verse 27 study: When you dwell on honors, what you think you deserve is harmful. It will only make you bitter, discouraged, or angry, and the rewards will not come to you if you believe it is yours. Moreover, pining for what you should have received may make you miss the satisfaction of knowing you did your best.
Verse 28 study: The city walls restricted inhabitants’ movements, making people happy to have the wall. Without it, they would have been vulnerable to attacks by any passing groups of marauders. Self-control limits us, to be sure, but it is not necessary. A life that is out of control is open to all kinds of attacks. So think of self-control as a way of defense and protection.