Proverbs 25:1-14, Like Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver

Proverbs

1These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,

But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

3As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,

So the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4Take away the dross from the silver,

And there comes out a vessel for the smith;

5Take away the wicked before the king,

And his throne will be established in righteousness.

6Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,

And do not stand in the place of great men;

7For it is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,”

Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince,

Whom your eyes have seen.

8Do not go out hastily to argue your case;

Otherwise, what will you do in the end,

When your neighbor humiliates you?

9Argue your case with your neighbor,

And do not reveal the secret of another,

10Or he who hears it will reproach you,

And the evil report about you will not pass away.

11Like apples of gold in settings of silver

Is a word spoken in right circumstances.

12Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold

Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest

Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,

For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14Like clouds and wind without rain

Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

 

Action: What should our speech show others about God?

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!