Proverbs 26:1 Dissected & Defined
“As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.”
Dissected & Defined
Honor is a position of exaltation. A fool is someone who knows right but chooses wrong. Seemly is to be suited. Since it is “not seemly,” it means it is not suited.
Summer is not suited for snow. Snow in the summer is a waste. There would be no purpose for it. Likewise, rain is intended for the planting and growing seasons. When it rains during harvest, it serves no real purpose. If it doesn’t rain until harvest, it’s too late. It won’t bring benefits.
Do Not Honor Foolish People
Solomon uses these two analogies when describing the exaltation of a fool. Honor is to grant esteem. Honor can be anything from public praise to positional promotion. God doesn’t want us to honor foolish people.
We know that God teaches us that we ought to have a high degree of respect and service toward our fellow man. We should never esteem ourselves over others. The old analogy that joy comes from placing Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last, is true. The same should be true for those whom we honor through praise or promotion.
Before Honor is Humility
Solomon taught us elsewhere in Proverbs that “before honor is humility.” Humility is the absence of pride and arrogance. Pride is an undue esteem of one’s self and arrogance is an undue disregard for others. This wise king taught us to never praise or promote a person who thinks too much of themselves and not enough of others.