Proverbs 25:27 – It is Not Glorious to Seek My Own Glory

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 35:1‐ 36:32, 1 Timothy 5:1‐25, Psalm 89:14‐37, Proverbs 25:25‐27

Context: In verse 16 of Proverbs chapter 25 we read “If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.  A few verses later we read:

Proverbs 25:27 “It is not good to eat much honey,

nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.”

Observations:

  • It is not good
    • To eat much honey
  • It is not glorious
    • To seek one’s own glory

The line “It is not glorious to seek one’s own glory” is hard to translate and to fully understand.  The ESV Study Bible’s notes point out that when combined with verse 16 the point seems to be that to seek one’s own glory can make people sick.  Clearly, we are to seek God’s glory and not our own (John 3:30).

Apply: As I seek God’s direction for my future ministry, I must constantly be reminded that it is not glorious to seek my own glory.  “Lord, remove the parts of me that seek my own glory – even if it hurts. Take away my desire to “eat much honey.” 

What and/or who helps you see where you are currently seeking your own glory?

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