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The kindness shown in giving someone food and water makes him ashamed of being an enemy, and will soften his angry feelings (vv. 21-22). Nothing brings sorrow and strife among people more than the repeating of matter that cannot profit, and brings pain to the one of whom they are related (v. 23). A brawling woman is said to be on the same level with a slanderer (v. 24). Any lodging is to be preferred to staying in the same house with her. In Bible times news traveled very slowly and so there were often long periods of waiting to hear when a relative or friend departed into a distant land. Any news received was precious indeed, like cold water to a thirsty soul (v. 25).
The spring has been trampled by men or animals, so that the water has been polluted (v. 26). In the arid country of Palestine it was a great disappointment to anyone traveling to come across a spring or well that was contaminated. The same is true of a righteous man who allows his pure life to be polluted by compromise and sin. He certainly disappoints others who look to him. We also see how a city without walls is subject to enemy attacks. Any person who is tempted to compromise is subject to Satan’s attack. Seeking to exalt oneself is as bad as overeating honey (v. 27). Both bring problems. It has been said that your temper is like a fire. It get very destructive when it gets out of control. “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (v. 28).
As I reach my senior years one of my greatest desires is to finish well. Just a small compromise in my life could mar my testimony for the rest of my life.
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks. It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife. Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
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Proverbs 22:1-11Train a Child Right and He Will Not Depart From It
Proverbs 22:12-21Sayings of The Wise
Proverbs 22:22-29The Problem of Co-signing For Someone
Proverbs 23:1-11Trying to Teach a Fool is Useless
Proverbs 23:12-23A Wise Child Will Hear His Parents Instruction
Proverbs 23:24-35Drunkenness Leads to All Kinds of Problems
Proverbs 24:1-10What is in Your Heart Comes Out in Your Talk
Proverbs 24:11-22Rejoicing for The Wrong Reasons
Proverbs 24:23-34Priorities in Establishing a Home
Proverbs 25:1-10Tell a Person His Fault Alone
Proverbs 25:11-20Self Control is Important
Proverbs 25:21-28Compromise Invites an Attack by Satan
Proverbs 26:1-9The Man of Wisdom Will Not Dispute a Fool
Proverbs 26:10-19The Less You Do, The Less You Want to Do
Proverbs 26:20-28It Always Takes Two to Quarrel
Proverbs 27:1-9Don’t Brag About Tomorrow
Proverbs 27:10-18Iron Can Sharpen Iron
Proverbs 27:19-27The Natural Man is Never Satisfied
Proverbs 28:1-10Refusing to Obey Brings Disastrous Results
Proverbs 28:11-18The Rich Are Often Filled With Pride
Proverbs 28:19-28Giving Needed Rebuke is Never Easy