PROVERBS CHAPTER 17

A Whack on the Head of a Fool

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.  A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.   The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.   Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.   Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.  A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.  He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.  A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.   Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.   Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.   The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.   Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

One Who Knows Much Says Little

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.   He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.  He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.  He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.   Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.   Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

GOD judges everyone the same.  Wisdom does not come naturally; we obtain it by respecting GOD and making cautious choices.  One thing I loved doing when I was younger and still does is spend time with Christians however much older and wiser.  Spending time with older Christians you are in a position to learn so much from them and should be able to apply.

GOD shows us what is in us and remove all that is not of him.  When you are dealing with tough times remember that is the time that GOD wants to purify your faith and cleanse your heart. 

Remember that we are not to ridicule any one as they were created by GOD, so if we ridicule them we are being disrespectful to GOD.  Also, Solomon is not condoning bribery but he is observing the way the world is with it.  Bribery is condemned so be careful with taking on such.  Proverbs is saying we should disregard the faults of others.  As we grow more to be like Christ we will acquire more of GOD’s ability to forget the sins of the past. 

Loyalty is the greatest proof of a true friend.  A friend is someone that is there for you no matter what is going on good or bad in your life.  You should be that kind of friend that is stated in the Bible.  Being cheerful will always give out a welcome that most love, an encouraging word, and a positive outlook on the future.

Your dreams and goals should be in alignment with GOD otherwise they will not be the way you have dreamed.  Your dreams and goals should be that that is important in your life.

Proverbs has gives several benefits to keeping quiet.  However, when you speak you need to make sure you have something to say after you have listened and thought of what was said.

SPEND TIME READING THE WORD, PRAYING, AND MEDITATING ON THE WORD.  GOD BLESS YOU MUCH LOVE

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