Bible Commentaries

Proverbs 25

Verses 1-28

We now come to the second collection of the proverbs of Solomon. These, as the title specifically declares, constitute a posthumous collection gathered in the days of Hezekiah. Speaking generally, the proverbs in this collection are more picturesque than the former. For the most part, they are antithetical, and logical.

These are pictures, and are more perfectly parabolic. In passing over them we shall again note some of the more striking.

Verse Proverbs 25:11. The figure is intended to suggest the thought of proper and beautiful setting. Delicate filigree work in silver forms a beautiful setting for apples of gold in that it shows them up in relief, and makes their value patent. So also a word which answers the apple of gold as a supreme value is yet more forceful as it is fitly spoken, that is, artistically.

Verse Proverbs 25:20. The proverb indicates the impropriety of making merry in the presence of sorrow. It is wrong in method and serves to increase distress rather than to soothe it.

Verse Proverbs 25:27. Much honey produces nausea. So eventually does self-glorification.