10/18/19: 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 25:20-22
Proverbs 25: 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
We see nearly the same passage repeated in Romans 12. And what does this “heaping burning coals” mean? Surely sounds like a harsh punishment –– not something to be praised for doing.
The Enduring Word Commentary and Coffman concur that most likely this is a reference a burning conviction that our kindness places on our enemy. Or, some think it refers to the practice of lending coals from a fire to help a neighbor start his or her own – an appreciated act of kindness. Either way, we can destroy our enemy by making him our friend, and the LORD will reward you.