Proverbs 25:8-11 Don’t Rush to Judgement

What you have seen with your eyes  do not bring[a] hastily to court, for what will you do in the end     if your neighbor puts you to shame?

9 If you take your neighbor to court,     do not betray another’s confidence, 10 or the one who hears it may shame you     and the charge against you will stand.

11 Like apples[b] of gold in settings of silver     is a ruling rightly given. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold     is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Don’t Rush to Judgement

People who like to get things done can also jump to conclusions.  This is true in marriage, work, and church.  We can assign motives and decide what a person is like without bothering to continue to talk with them.  We can take the little bit of information that we do know and invent information that we don’t.  Also, we do not allow people to change.  People can be redeemed.  They can become new people, but if we write them off too quickly, we deprive them of their chance of redemption.

Questions

  1. Which sensory information should we be cautious about acting upon?
  2. What should we not betray?
  3. Was a person generally slow or quick to rush to court?
  4. How fast are you to rush to judgement?
  5. How can decisions be made at an appropriate pace?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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One Response to Proverbs 25:8-11 Don’t Rush to Judgement

  1. Andy says:

    Oh so true,everyday we seem to judge about something,or draw an impulsive conclusion that more often than not is ill informed or wrong.

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