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1BETTER IS a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife.
2A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share in the inheritance among the brothers.
3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tries the hearts.(A)
4An evildoer gives heed to wicked lips; and a liar listens to a mischievous tongue.
5Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, and he who is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent or go unpunished.(B)
6Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers.(C)
7Fine or arrogant speech does not befit [an empty-headed] fool–much less do lying lips befit a prince.
8A bribe is like a bright, precious stone that dazzles the eyes and affects the mind of him who gives it; [as if by magic] he prospers, whichever way he turns.
9He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.
10A reproof enters deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred lashes into a [self-confident] fool.(D)
11An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a stern and pitiless messenger shall be sent against him.
12Let [the brute ferocity of] a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a [self-confident] fool in his folly [when he is in a rage].(E)
13Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.(F)
14The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out.
15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both an abomination [exceedingly disgusting and hateful] to the Lord.(G)
16Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom–when he has no understanding or heart for it?
17A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.
18A man void of good sense gives a pledge and becomes security for another in the presence of his neighbor.
19He who loves strife and is quarrelsome loves transgression and involves himself in guilt; he who raises high his gateway and is boastful and arrogant invites destruction.
20He who has a wayward and crooked mind finds no good, and he who has a willful and contrary tongue will fall into calamity.(H)
21He who becomes the parent of a [self-confident] fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of [an empty-headed] fool has no joy [in him].
22A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.(I)
23A wicked man receives a bribe out of the bosom (pocket) to pervert the ways of justice.
24A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth.
25A self-confident and foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
26Also, to punish or fine the righteous is not good, nor to smite the noble for their uprightness.
27He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.(J)
28Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding.
Our Daily Bread
In 1972, two oil tankers collided under the Golden Gate Bridge, spilling 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the bay. Dying birds, fish, and seals began washing up on the shore. The tragedy prompted a man who lived near the bridge to live a simpler life that would use less natural resources. First, he began walking everywhere. A year later, he decided to stop talking in an attempt to call attention to what was happening to the environment. During the next thirteen years, he talked only once: he called his parents to tell them his plans to begin a walking pilgrimage. Through nonverbal communication, he conveyed the idea that the longer he maintained silence, the more he could listen to what other people were saying. Furthermore, as a result of his silence, the press began to take note of his cause and his message.
What this man discovered holds true for us. Talking less can help us not only to hear more but also to be heard more. Often our silence on a subject is more eloquent and noteworthy than any words we could say.
Solomon emphasized this truth repeatedly. The wise person hears and is heard because he knows both when to talk and when to remain silent. And he has a way of speaking even when he says nothing. There is wisdom in talking less in order to say more. —M.R.D.II
Silence can be beautiful; don’t break it unless you can improve it.
The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 17
Wise or Foolish
Pop out verses:
8 A bribe is like a bright, precious stone that dazzles the eyes and affects the mind of him who gives it; [as if by magic] he prospers, whichever way he turns. AND 23 A wicked man receives a bribe out of the bosom (pocket) to pervert the ways of justice.
V8 & 23 – Huh? What? Does this say it’s a good thing to bribe? But then there is v23. HAVE to check these two out. Here are some commentaries on verse 8:
This refers, not so much to what ought to be, as to the way things are. People often use gifts to bribe others, and the gift may not have nearly the value in the eyes of the other as it does in the eye of the owner. He thinks it ought to beguile them as much as it does him. The purpose behind a gift determines whether it is right or wrong. “The prosperity which attends bribery is a lure set forth here in order that we may shun, not that we may follow it. A gift, not to pervert justice, but to conciliate the angry, is right, as Jacob’s gift to Esau (Prov. 18:16; Gen. 32:20); and Abigail’s to David (1 Sam. 25:27),” [Faussett].
Interesting with the use of the word “bribe.” The original word is shachad which means From H7809; a donation (venal or redemptive): – bribe (-ry), gift, present, reward. [H7809 means A primitive root; to donate, that is, bribe: – hire, give a reward.] So basically it’s about the person holding the bribe/gift and how they feel. It’s not saying that this is the way it really is, just that from their perspective, this would be true. Makes a little more sense.
Father, thank you for Your timely words, whether through the Proverbs or other scripture, people, teachings, or songs, Your voice is heard and your presences is known. Lord help me to be a wise person and walk in the way of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Help me to refrain from foolish ways. Any foolish ways in me, please reveal and heal. I pray this also over other’s. Let us each walk in a way that will glorify You. In Jesus Name. AMEN!