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Friday, May 22 2015

Proverbs 25: A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms

"These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out"

The Israelites had no human king (see The Patriotism Prophecy) until the time of the prophet Samuel, which thereby made Samuel the last of the Judges era (see The Rise Of The Judges and The Calling Of Samuel). The people demanded that Samuel elect a king for themselves, "That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles" (see Our King May Judge Us). The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God), Who had already being doing what they demanded, permitted the request.

Then began the Israelite monarchy in which the Israelites were a united kingdom only briefly, twice. Most of the time, for centuries thereafter, they were divided and even at civil (i.e. between Saul of Benjamin and David of Judah) or international (between the independent kingdoms of Israel and Judah after the time of Solomon) war.

Israel and Judah

King Hezekiah was a king of Judah (see Kings of Israel and Judah; also Hezekiah's Healing) who reigned over 200 years after King Solomon. Some of the Proverbs of Solomon were preserved by Hezekiah's scribes i.e. "These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out" (verse 1 below).

"25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: 25:7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: 25:10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. 25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

25:20 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.

25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. 25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls." (Proverbs 25:1-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will Israel and Judah be restored as a united kingdom? What will Jesus Christ do to make it happen?
See When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?

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This Day In History, May 22

334 BC: Alexander the Great of Macedonia (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) defeated Darius III of Persia (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat) at the Battle of the Granicus.

337: Roman Emperor Constantine died. Constantine was the creator of the Church of Rome and its "sun day" worship (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

853: A Byzantine fleet destroyed Damietta in Egypt.

Constantine with Sol Invictus 1176: Hashshashins (an Arabic word, meaning "hashish eaters," from which the word assassin originated; see Assassins) attempted to assassinate Saladin (the Muslim sultan of Egypt; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) near Aleppo.

1200: King John of England and King Philip II of France signed the Treaty of Le Goulet to settle the claims that the Norman kings of England had as Norman dukes on French lands.

1246: Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.

1377: Pope Gregory XI declared five papal bulls (see Papal Bull) against English theologian John Wycliffe.

1455: The opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses took place at St. Albans. The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists.

1541: In Germany, the Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ended, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From that time on, the Protestant movement became permanent (doctrinally, there is little difference between Roman Catholic and "Protestant" Antichristians; see also Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).

1629: The Peace of Luebeck was signed to end hostilities between the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark.

1807: A grand jury indicted former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1826: HMS Beagle departed on its first sea voyage (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1840: The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony was ended.

1939: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Why Does Satan Love Liars?) and Benito Mussolini signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.

1941: The German battleship Bismarck entered the high seas for the first and last time.

1960: An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the Moment Magnitude Scale, now known as the Great Chilean Earthquake, struck southern Chile. It is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.

1967: Egyptian President Nassar again (as he did in 1956, which led to the Sinai War; see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century) blockaded the Gulf of Aqaba by closing the Tiran Straits to Israeli shipping. It led to the Six Day War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1968: The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion and its crew of 99 was lost in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles southwest of the Azores (Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 miles west of Portugal).

1972: Under its new constitution, Ceylon became a republic and changed its name to Sri Lanka.

1990: North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen.

2002: A jury in Alabama convicted former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church in which four girls were murdered.

2008: 235 tornadoes during that week struck 19 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

2011: An EF5 Tornado strikes Joplin, Missouri killing 161 people. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since record keeping began in 1950.


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