Proverbs 6:4 (Mini Sermon)


4. Pro 6:4 - "Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids." A. Give not sleep to thine eyes, i. Solomon learned this phrase from his father David (Psa 132:4). ii. Solomon is here emphasizing the importance of taking action quickly to deliver oneself out of the predicament of being surety for a friend. iii. Being surety for a friend is such a dangerous proposition that one must do whatever is possible to deliver himself from it today before going to bed. a. Solomon exhorted his son twice to deliver himself from his friend (Pro 6:3, 5). b. Deliver is a synonym of save (Act 2:21 c/w Joe 2:32). c. Deliver v. - I. 1. trans. To set free, liberate, release, rescue, save. d. In other words, if you have become surety for a friend, "now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2Co 6:2). e. Exhort your friend daily "while it is called To day" (Heb 3:13) to be faithful and pay his debt (Pro 6:3). f. "To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Heb 3:15) and take action to save yourself from being on the hook for your friend's debt. B. nor slumber to thine eyelids. i. Slumber n. - 1. a. Sleep, repose. ii. Slumber and sleep are synonyms. iii. Eyes and eyelids are often used interchangeably in scripture (Pro 4:25; Pro 30:13). iv. This verse is an example of a Hebrew parallelism in which a thought is repeated using slightly different wording to emphasize the point.
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