Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Words of King Lemuel – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verse 1
1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Words of King Lemuel
As we close chapter 30 written by Agur, we enter into the next chapter being introduced to a new author. These are the words of King Lemuel.
But are they really the words of King Lemuel? Looks to me, these are going to be the words of his mother, rather than his own. Lemuel is recalling the prophecy that his mother had told him in his youth.
Who is Lemuel?
I can answer this definitively in two words. Nobody knows.
We do know that his name bears meaning. The word “Lemuel” is translated from Hebrew as: “Towards God,” or “To God.”
After digging through all kinds of different works from scholars that appear to know what they’re talking about, this seems to be the one thing that everyone can agree on. His name means something. Other than that, it’s any man’s guess who he was.
He is introduced to us as a king, but there’s no record of him anywhere, neither in or outside the Bible. At least not found during the time frame of Proverbs, which some say was compiled by Hezekiah’s scribes later on, compiling the writings of Solomon with these last two chapters.
- Poetic name for Solomon
Jewish traditionalists have striven over the years to claim that this is one of 6 names the Solomon went by. However there apparently isn’t any real evidence for this directly from King Solomon’s time period.
While I was doing research into this character, I found some scholars suggesting Jewish traditionalists came up with the Solomon multi-name idea, to insure that the book of Proverbs was kept as being written 100% Hebrew.
The six names of Solomon are recorded in the Talmud. A book of compiled rabbinical notes and records compiled after the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD. Many people also suggest, that this book is heretical, diving into things that stray far from the Word of God.
Personally, all I know about the Talmud, is that it has a lot of nasty things to say in there about Jesus. Pharisees 2.0 is what I’ve understood the book to be, written by the same folks that would be cheering on the crucifixion of Christ in the first place. Could be wrong though, I’ve never read it.
King of Massa
Another idea, is that King Lemuel isn’t a Jewish or Israeli King at all, but was a king of Massa. Massa was a son of Ishmael, whose family grew into it’s own nomadic tribe through the years, generally dwelling in the Arabian Desert in the direction of Babylonia.
As hard as I looked, I can’t seem to find out why people make the connection between Lemuel and the tribe of Massa. There’s got to be a reason out there somewhere, but I’m just not finding it! But personally, I tend to lean toward that as an explanation, rather than believing that is was one of Solomon’s pen names.
Implications of a Gentile King
If this is indeed a king of another nation, no matter what nation he hails from, this would imply that Lemuel was a gentile king. Isn’t that an interesting possibility, that a gentile king would be wrapping up the book of Proverbs?
I think so for several reasons.
First would be to show us, that the Lord will send his Holy Ghost to wherever he wills for him to be. He can raise up children of Abraham from wherever he wants according to Jesus. Even from the ground. Perhaps this is an example of the Lord’s fingerprints influencing the wisdom of another nation?
Second, would be a series of parallels with Christ. Jesus isn’t a gentile king, however he is a king over the gentiles none the less. Lamar wrote the last chapter here, Jesus will rule the last chapter of this earth’s life.
We always hear about the 1,000 year reign of Christ. This is a misunderstanding. He’s going to rule for 1,000 years before Lucifer is let out to tempt the people of the day, but there’s nothing saying that Jesus is going anywhere. He’s still going to reign, right up until the Lord decides to create a new Heaven and a New Earth. He’ll be reigning that one too.
So as far as I see it, Jesus will reign the last chapter of the earth’s generations, and Lamar, a gentile King, just so happens to have been the author of the last chapter of Proverbs. Could a spiritual sense of the woman being described through the rest of this chapter be a gentile bride? We’ll reserve that for later.
These are thoughts, nothing etched in stone. As stated above, this is the story I’ve felt best about sticking to, but could be wrong. The same goes for my thoughts on this being an indicator of an end times rule of Christ. Nobody truly has a clue who this man was. Let’s place this in the “look it up when we get there,” file for when we get to Heaven.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 5: King James Bible
38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
2 Timothy 3: King James Bible
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Revelation 20: King James Bible
20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Thank you for your Word, and I ask that you open our eyes to every truth you will for us to gain into our understanding. We are always inspired and joyous over revelations into your Word, and ask that you lead us to find the treasures that you’ve tucked away. The value of your treasure is far greater than the greatest materials found upon the face of this earth. We thank you for it and receive it as you will. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Who do you think wrote the words of King Lemuel?
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