Wise Saying #26


Wise Saying #26:

“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (24:13-14) 

This is not a command to eat honey, instead, the Wiseman is encouraging us to seek the benefits and sweetness of wisdom’s rewards. Just as honey is beneficially “good” for the body and delightfully “sweet” to the taste buds, so wisdom is invigorating and satisfying to the soul that feeds on it; in turn fostering a “future” and a secure “hope.” Do you want to experience the sweet exhilaration and pleasure of wisdom? Then get into God’s word, the source of all wisdom. It was David who exclaimed, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103; cf. 19:7-11). So today, open up God’s word, delve into its pages and “taste and see” that indeed the Lord’s word is good for the soul. You won’t regret it!

This week’s theme: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman

Wise Saying #15

drunkards gluttons

Wise Saying #15

“Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” (23:19-21)

Among the virtues which flow from the fear of God, self-control is one of the most prominent (cf. Acts 24:25; 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; Galatians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6). Thus, the Wiseman calls for us to keep our hearts on the right course by not carousing with drunkards and gluttons lest we learn their unrestrained, self-indulgent ways. Their full bellies lead to empty lives. We’ve seen it time and time again, people whose lives consist of one party or one purchase after another. They always struggle financially, and worst of all they’re spiritually impoverished; all because they refuse to restrain their lustful passions. Our country is a land of plenty; therefore, it is a prime breeding ground for corrupting excess. So friends, do not be deceived into thinking you can associate with the self-indulgent and not learn their soul-damning ways (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). For the apostle said, “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Oh God, “lead us not into temptation but deliver from evil.”

Today’s wise saying is closely associated with Saying #14.

This week’s theme is: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman

Wise Saying #8

business dinner

Wise Saying #8

“Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his delicacies; for as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, ‘Eat and drink!’ But his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, And waste your compliments.” (Proverbs 23:6-8 NASB)

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. The wise govern their lives by insightful teaching, not by external appearances and so it is when a “selfish man” or as the King James puts it, “him who has an evil eye” invites you for a meal. With his lips he hospitably says, “Eat and drink!” but his heart he is sickeningly hypocritical. The Wiseman warns, the fine food and drink, and the flattering praise which you enjoyed during the meal, will be repulsively distasteful once you realize how you have been used or abused. So, when an invitation is too good to be true, it probably is. Decline the offer, no matter how lucratively appealing it maybe. Remember; trust in the Lord to bless you (cf. 22:19), not an evil man.

This week’s theme: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman

Wise Saying #6

royal feast

Wise Saying #6:

“When you sit down to dine with a ruler, think carefully about who is before you. If you have a big appetite, put a knife to your throat! Don’t be greedy for his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.” (Proverbs 23:1-3 CJB)

Today’s Wise Saying, follows nicely the question asked in Saying #5. If one is to stand before kings, one had better know how to behave. The ruler’s invitation to dine with him presents an unusual opportunity for success or failure, for his host can influence the person’s career for good or ill. Thus, the Wiseman counsels his son to “think carefully about who is before you.” The ruler will be watching; taking note of the subordinate’s actions. Therefore, if the young man is given to over indulgence, he must take extreme precaution to display the utmost self-control and propriety. Since the king’s delicacies will seductively lure the son to greedily overeat and thus ruin his reputation by being a glutton (cf. 23:19-22; 28:7). While our proverb is narrowly focused on food and dining with an observant superior, it can be interpreted broadly with all appetites in every situation of life. So the take-away for today is, think carefully about who and what is before and live a life of self-control and property in all things, at all times, because others are watching you closely. By doing this, we will avoid the snares of greed and gluttony.

This week’s theme: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman