1. Is it good to depend on an unfaithful man?
No better than a broken tooth or foot out of joint: “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint” (Proverbs 25:19).
- Isaiah 30:1-5, Mark 14:50 [cf. John 16:32 and Luke 22:31-32], and II Timothy 4:16.
2. Is it good to bring songs to a person of a heavy heart (is joyous activity fit for times that cause heavy hearts)?
No better than adding vinegar to acid or taking away clothing during cold weather: “As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart” (Proverbs 25:20).
- Weep with the weeping (Psalms 35:13-14, Romans 12:15, and I Corinthians 12:25-26).
- The idea of taking clothing in times of cold (Job 24:1-10 and James 2:15-16).
3. How should we treat our enemies when they are desperately in need?
“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink” (Proverbs 25:21).
- Exodus 23:4-5, Proverbs 24:17, Matthew 5:44, and Luke 10:25-32(cf. John 4:9).
- The example of Jesus (Matthew 12:30; cf. I Peter 3:18 and Acts 2:32-41).
4. If we help our enemies in times of desperate need, what result often occurs?
“(21) If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: (22) For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee” (Proverbs 25:21-22).
- Romans 12:17-21.
- This does not mean we should help someone with the motive of heaping coals of fire upon his/her head (I Thessalonians 5:15 and I Peter 3:9).
- Our reward is not the result of helping them in a sense of vengeance, but our reward is still ahead of us given by our Father (Matthew 16:27 and Luke 6:35).
5. For Proverbs 25:23, please consider the following points and then we’ll have our question…
- The KJV reads like this: “The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue”. That wording seems to be saying that anger drives away backbiting tongues. However, we know that this doesn’t make sense as anger leads to more problems (Proverbs 15:1; 18). The wording in the KJV is too unclear.
- A Hebrew word study (Strong’s # 2342) of the word translated in the KJV as “driveth away” shows this can also mean: “formed” (Deuteronomy 32:18 and Job 26:5) or “brought forth” (Proverbs 8:24). This makes sense as wind brings forth rain just as an angry countenance can bring forth backbiting.
- The NKJV says: “The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.” The ASV 1901 says: “The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.”
Our question: Is there any relationship between anger and backbiting?
Yes: “The north wind driveth away [brings forth; Strong’s # 2342] rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue” (Proverbs 25:23).
- Anger causes many problems (Proverbs 10:12, Proverbs 26:20-21, and Proverbs 29:22).
6. Is a wide house big enough to find peace when there is a brawling woman inside that house?
No: “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house” (Proverbs 25:24).
- Proverbs 19:13, Proverbs 21:9, Proverbs 21:19, and Proverbs 27:15-16.
- When the keeper of the home is messed up (Titus 2:4-5), so is the rest.
7. Is good news refreshing?
Yes: “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25).
- Proverbs 15:30, Colossians 1:3-4, I Thessalonians 3:1-8, and III John 3-4.
8. Is it good to see the righteous falling down before the wicked?
No: “A righteous man falling down [slipping; faltering] before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring” (Proverbs 25:26). Cf. II Samuel 12:14.
9. Can you eat too much honey?
Yes: “It is not good to eat much honey…” (Proverbs 25:27).
- Honey is good (Proverbs 24:13), but not too much (Proverbs 25:16).
10. Is it good to glorify yourself?
No: “…so for men to search their own glory is not glory” (Proverbs 25:27).
- Proverbs 27:2, Galatians 5:26, and Philippians 2:3.
11. Are you spiritually fit if you have no self-control?
No, you are likened to a broken down and defenseless city: “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (Proverbs 25:28).
- Proverbs 14:17, Proverbs 14:29, and Proverbs 16:32.