The Bible was written long ago in distant land which would have been considered the Orient. Written not to us but for us.

In a book explaining “Oriental-isms” the name of which escapes me right now I learned the following.

Proverbs 25:21-22 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

During these biblical days people lived in villages. Each home was heated by a central fire which would eventually go out during the night and needed to be relighted in the morning.

Of course the village would be protected through the night by guards whose job it was for themselves and the others, to keep a central fire going. Each morning coals from the central fire were put into an iron pot and carried on top of a person’s head to each villagers home to be used to relight their home fire. The fire carrier was the first to be warmed in the morning and was therefore considered a place of honor. Verse 22 of Proverbs 25 tells us to honor our enemies.

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