Skip to comments.Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]
Posted on 07/17/2014 7:07:23 AM PDT by OneVike
Proverb 17 (NKJV)
The LORD Tests Hearts
01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
00 Than a house full of feasting with strife.
02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame,
00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
00 But the LORD tests the hearts.
04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
00 He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
06 Children's children are the crown of old men,
00 And the glory of children is their father.
07 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
00 Much less lying lips to a prince.
08 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
00 Wherever he turns, he prospers.
09 He who covers a transgression seeks love,
00 But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
00 Than a hundred blows on a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
00 Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
00 Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good,
00 Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
00 Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
00 Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
00 Since he has no heart for it?
17 A friend loves at all times,
00 And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge,
00 And becomes surety for his friend.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife,
00 And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
00 And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
00 And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
00 But a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back
00 To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
00 But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father,
00 And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 Also, to punish the righteous is not good,
00 Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
27 He who has knowledge spares his words,
00 And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
00 When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
The purpose of Writing the book of Proverbs by Solomon is to reveal the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations. It appears that no topic escaped King Solomon's attention. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and Godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings.
Without wisdom, knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, influenced by emotional feelings. Many highly educated people are in positions of power in the United States, but very few of those educated leaders have the wisdom needed to rule properly.
One can say that they have been educated well beyond their intelligence. A cursory look at the court system will prove my point that knowledge without wisdom will only lead to an immoral society that eventually crumbles from within. Judges are supposed to be above the fray, and immovable to emotions. Instead, the vast majority of judges today are Godless individuals who are vacant of wisdom. So their rulings are totally based upon emotional feelings.
We the people are to blame, because we ignored God's guidance in appointing our leaders. Instead of putting leaders full of Godly wisdom in power, we appoint leaders who will scratch what our itchy ears want to hear.
Along with my daily routine of reading the Bible, I try to read through the book of Proverbs once a Month. It's an easy task when you consider there are 31 Proverbs. So all you need to know is what day of the Month it is to know which Proverb to read. In the Months that have less than 31 days, I just double so I can begin the next month with Proverb 1 on the first again.
Blessings and thanks, OneVike.