A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear. Like the cold of snow in time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
The picture for us to consider and bring into view is given first (11-12a) followed by the first application (12b) and then a second illustration and application to complete the insight (13). Apples of gold in pictures of silver: it’s not likely he is speaking of a hanging picture but rather sculptured golden apples set in relief against a silver tray, but the point is the same. The rarity of these extremely valuable apples and the appropriateness of their setting in far less valuable silver. The gold apples stand out for they would rarely be placed like this.
From verses 12 and 13 we learn that Solomon’s intended lesson for us is to say how rare it is to find fitting words, ones spoken at the right time and received to the benefit of the hearer. Rare but noticeable for their rareness. May the Lord grant you the ability to share with others exactly what they need to hear when they need to hear it.
Praying to share a word of encouragement,
Pastor Jack Abeelen