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b. i. “Both the liar and his willing audience have no taste for truth.” (Waltke), iii. This shows a fundamental corruption and lack of integrity. “The proverb pictures them gathered around the aged parent like a crowning diadem.” (Waltke). There is a wonderful way that even a fool can be considered wise – to not speak. Proverbs 17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. If there be but the least breach, they stop it presently, otherwise the sea would soon flood them.” (Trapp). It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. a. To upset this or reverse it is not good. He who has knowledge spares his words, i. “The first part of this proverb does not teach, as is so often stated, that poverty is from God. The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, Proverbs 17. Proverbs 17:17. Then two startling questions will arise. This is a lofty and rarely reached standard among leaders, especially political leaders. 17. This was the feeling David described in Psalm 32:1-4. i. It should concern us if we love to hear lies and gossip about others. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. Then, no one can or should have confidence in the system of laws and ways of justice. “Contrary to judicial law and custom, one’s virtue, not the privilege of birth, ultimately counts for more in social and economic standing.” (Waltke). i. b. Ezekiel 37:1-14).” (Ross), ii. We might say that the price of wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. b. To pervert the ways of justice: When favor and a desired outcome depends on bribe money and not fairness and righteousness, justice is perverted. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. a. These words recommend family love and peace, as needful for the comfort of human life. a. Click on the different category headings to find out more. 14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back Since he has no heart for it? “In the latter clause there is an evident allusion to cut stones. (Pr 17:2) Next commentary: Proverbs 17:2. Being unthankful for someone doing good is a certain way to make sure they will not be doing much good. i. Morgan on the principle of this proverb: “Let it be applied. A friend loveth at all times. a. “This proverb was very near the bone: both parents of Solomon had so repaid the devoted Uriah, and had duly received the sentence of line 2: see 2 Samuel 12:10ff.” (Kidner). Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him. “An evil heart is disposed and ever ready to receive evil; and liars delight in lies.” (Clarke), iii. And the father of a fool has no joy. The fact that both the poor and the well-off have the same Maker should give the richer person greater sympathy and greater sense. Evil will not depart from his house. A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame: It is natural that a son should rule; the trust one has in family is often greater than the trust one has servants. Such people should understand that when they mock the poor, they despise (reproach) the One who made both the poor and themselves. A cruel messenger will be sent against him: Repeated rebellion invites cruel retaliation. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. “Taking gossip seriously is itself a form of malice practiced by those who have no respect for the truth.” (Garrett). b. “As a student who is hearing nothing of what his teacher says might let his eyes rove to every corner of the classroom, so the fool who is inattentive to the instruction of Wisdom is said to have his eyes on the ends of the earth.” (McKane, cited in Ross), iv. A broken spirit dries the bones: Those who are defeated and broken in spirit will see the effect in their health and experience of life. The son has his natural place, but God does not see that natural place as giving absolute right to lead and may give leadership to a wise servant instead. We see the Son of God taking on our nature so that he might be our friend and brother (Hebrews 2:14). The eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth: The fool doesn’t see things with the eyes of wisdom. b. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace: This continues the idea from the previous proverb. You can also change some of your preferences. “Ahithophel has deserted David, and Judas has sold his Lord. a. A merry heart does good, like medicine: It has been said – no doubt based on this proverb – that laughter is the best medicine. And the glory of children is their father. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; “‘Bones’ figuratively represents the body (encased in the bony frame): fat bones means a healthy body (Proverbs 3:8; 15:30; 16:24), but dry bones signify unhealthiness and lifelessness (cf. They love to think of themselves as better than those who have less than they do. b. Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. A friend loveth at all times.] He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished: To be glad at anyone’s calamity shows an unloving, unsympathetic heart. “Two important thoughts are suggested by this proverb. If you have fewer comforts than you used to have, or fewer comforts than other people have, or fewer comforts than you desire, do you not still have more than you deserve?” (Bridges). And a brother is born for adversity. It will feel to them that their life has withered and dried up. The glory of children is their father: This is true both as a fact and as an aspiration. i. i. “This expression could refer to a pitiless messenger that the king would send; but it also could refer to storms, pestilence, or any misfortune that was God’s messenger of retribution.” (Ross). Since people usually express their wisdom or folly by what they say, it seems strange and almost inappropriate if a fool should say something wise and eloquent. The wise servant is more deserving, and more likely to appear one of the family, than a profligate son. Light somebodys torch, and your own will burn brighter. i. Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, All Rights Reserved. 2. b. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. a. Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, b. Ver. “The ancient Jews applied this proverb to Christ, adducing it as a testimony that the divine Messiah would by his incarnation become the Brother of man.” (Bridges). He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Proverbs 19:17. He who has a perverse tongue falls into evil: Wicked and foolish words not only display the evil of someone’s heart, they also lead them into greater evil. He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, a. i. “Peace and contentment, and especially domestic peace, are beyond all other blessings.” (Clarke), ii. 3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts. a. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. What used to be called fair-weather friends – those who are friends only when the weather is pleasant and fair – are not true friends at all. There is both the pain of the consequences of the child’s folly and the regret of wondering if one parented effectively. Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool, &c. — The Hebrew is literally, Wherefore is this? “The proverb corrects the popular misconception that it is better to set free ten guilty persons than to condemn one innocent person. Parents may find great grief in the foolish character of their children. Rebuke is more effective for a wise man Is counted wise: “The dry advice of 28 is not purely ironical: the fool who takes it is no longer a complete fool.” (Kidner). If this is linked to religion, it flows from a narrow and perverted view and a spurious humility centered on the self. Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.. a. How ingenious is the cheerful heart in finding the means of enjoyment and in extending these! “God likes not fair words from a foul mouth. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. They can give an almost indescribable sense of pleasure and satisfaction. i. i. “To render good for evil is divine, good for good is human, evil for evil is brutish, evil for good is devilish.” (Trapp). Proverbs 19:24), but nevertheless enjoyed in security, with an unlimited royal banquets but plagued with strife.” (Waltke), ii. A fool, in Solomon's Proverbs, signifies a wicked man, whom excellent speech does not become, because his conversation contradicts it. Justice requires the opposite outcome – that the wicked are condemned and that the just are justified. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.. Ver. An evildoer gives heed to false lips: When it comes to lies spoken by false lips, evil people not only spread them, they also receive them. He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: Some people find it easy to mock the poor. He thus has often shown the sin remaining in the heart of the believer. b. Pro 17:1. Learn Pauls secret: In whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. i. Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding: The sense seems to be that the wise see things in the light of their wisdom. A true, hearty, faithful friend, loves in times of adversity as well as in times of prosperity: there are many that are friends to persons, while they are in affluent circumstances; but when there is a change in their condition, and they are … Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. “Wisdom is within the sight and reach at every man: but he whose desires are scattered abroad, who is always aiming at impossible things, or is of an unsteady disposition, is not likely to find it.” (Clarke), ii. A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, Proverbs 17:17. “The finer the disposition, the less is needed to correct it.” (Morgan). It is natural for children to glory in their father, and fathers should live and parent in such a way that would cause their children to glory in them. b. Such a friend was Jonathan; Hushai the Archite; Ittai the Gittite, who stuck close to David when he was at his lowest point. Whithersoever you turn them, they reflect the light, are brilliant and beautiful.” (Clarke). Let not any wrong their families. Proverbs Bible Study Commentary. A foolish son is a grief to his father: The thought in this proverb is similar to that in Proverbs 17:21. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. But he who repeats a matter separates friends. A comparison shows which of two things is worse.” (Ross). “It is an ill sign of a vicious nature to be apt to believe scandalous reports of godly men. “That eminent servant of God, Jonathan Edwards, when he was at his last, said, ‘Where is Jesus of Nazareth, my old and faithful friend? Yet, should a son cause shame, God knows how to replace that son with a wise servant. b. b. Once it is released it will go in unexpected and uncontrolled ways. And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil. “Opening such a sluice lets loose more than one can predict, control or retrieve.” (Kidner). Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary. “Ponder every thought that may disturb contentment. A merry heart does good, like medicine, i. Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts: Because strife and contention are difficult to control and cause great damage, wisdom sees that it is much better to stop contention before it ever starts. He blesses those who follow His commandments. a. Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. i. Nor to strike princes for their uprightness. His thoughts are scattered. a. Proverbs 10:17. The Lord tests the hearts: The most appropriate place for the human heart to be tested and purified is with the Lord Himself. a. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Flatterers, especially false teachers, are welcome to those that live in sin. a. These words recommend family-love and peace, as conducing very much to the comfort of human life. Talent, cultivation of mind, and improvement of opportunity are all frittered away. 1. First, that the heart will yield to no force other than that of God. Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife. b. John Trapp relates in his commentary how cruelly some take joy in the persecution, suffering, and death of innocent people – and how certainly judgment will come upon such. a. Whoever rewards evil for good: It is plainly wrong to give evil to those who deserve good. (Proverbs 17:26.) We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor: It is human nature to regard a present as something precious. Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments. Since he has no heart for it: It would be strange to find the price of wisdom in the hand of a fool, because then that person would no longer be a fool. - Verse-by-Verse Commentary Proverbs 17. b. The wise man or woman will stay away from such a fool in his folly. Look at your mercies with both eyes; your troubles with only one eye. Dross in metal may be discovered and expurged by fire, but evil in the heart can be discovered and dealt with only by God. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. He shows he is conscious of his guilt by accepting the sly bribe, which is concealed from public scrutiny and opprobrium, but it is not concealed from God.” (Waltke). Proverbs 17:1 Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife. Rather than a fool in his folly: A foolish man in the midst of his foolish actions can be more dangerous than a mother bear who lost her cubs. “His eyes are on the ends of the earth, rolling and wandering from one object to another. a. b. Charles Bridges had an even better application: “We must look to our Lord for the best example in this matter. A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family. The lxx well translates ויניחך by καὶ ἀναπαύσει σε ; (Note: Their translation of Proverbs 29:17 and Proverbs 29:18 here is found, in a marred and mutilated form, after Proverbs 28:17. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond. Once an argument or battle has begun, it is difficult to control its course, and like uncontrolled water, it can cause great damage. Than a hundred blows on a fool: Correction may be administered deeply and repeatedly to the fool, yet they will not receive it. Proverbs 17:1. Children’s children are the crown of old men, 17 Correct thy son, and he will give thee delight, And afford pleasure to thy soul. i. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction. b. Christ silenced the devil when he confessed him to be the Son of the most high God.” (Trapp). Proverbs 17, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is a one-volume commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown The wisdom of a calm temper and economy of words. Ver. Second, Jehovah does try the heart.” (Morgan), ii. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. He who has a deceitful heart finds no good: The one filled with deceit will only find corruption and deceit in others. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Evil will not depart from his house: God sees when His moral order is offended and will answer it. And will share an inheritance among the brothers: Should the son prove to cause shame and if it is in God’s will, God is able to even lift up a wise servant to a place of leadership and inheritance among the brothers. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. “Behind this apparently innocuous proverb is a profound assertion of the psychological interdependence of the generations. It discourages those who do good and encourages those who do not. a. Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs: A mother bear is notoriously angry and dangerous when she is robbed of her cubs. Elders derive a sense of pride from their descendants, and children get their self-worth from parents. Such people should never sit in the gate of respect, leadership, and authority. And bitterness to her who bore him: Because of the maternal instinct and bond, there is a special pain and bitterness that belongs to the mother of a foolish son or daughter. www.easyenglish.bible. b. i. Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts. a. He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 4. Inequity or inhumanity in the judge seems an insult against the eternal throne of Jehovah. Their wisdom makes everything else clearer and able to be understood. And becomes surety for his friend. The one who gives evil to the good can expect their own home to be troubled by evil. The Lord rewarded His people for good behavior. b. i. Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool: It isn’t that excellent speech is not desired from the fool, but that it is such an unexpected surprise. But the Lord tests the hearts. Yet, in the case of wisdom, it may be revealed by the knowledge of when to keep quiet. i. Better (sweeter) is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith. - (Comp, Proverbs 15:16, 17; Proverbs 16:8.) “Do therefore here as the Dutchmen do by their banks; they keep them with little cost and trouble, because they look narrowly to them, and make them up in time. His word and His truth give a wise, loving standard that will both examine and refine the inner man or woman. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Proverbs 17:16. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! A friend loveth at all times.] i. Repeats“…may indicate either tale-telling or…harping on a matter.” (Kidner). “The contrast here is between ‘before the face of him’ and ‘the ends of the earth.’ While it is a sure sign of weakness to see only the things that are near, it is a yet surer sign of folly to be forever looking at far-off things, to the neglect of those close at hand.” (Morgan), iii. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. A neglected crop, riddled with mutual antipathy, is seen in Isaiah 3:5; Micah 7:6; 2 Timothy 3:2-4.” (Kidner). Friends must be constant to each other at all times. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. “This proverb contains a comparison between an evil-doer and an evil-speaker, and showeth their agreement in the same sinful practice of being greedy to hear false and wicked speeches.” (Poole), ii. Rebuke is more effective for a wise man: Because a wise man or woman will respond to rebuke and learn from it, it can be truly effective for him or her. i. A friend loves at all times, Proverbs 17:1 - Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife. i. Lessons about wisdom. i. “Its precise antithetic parallels contrasts a dinner party consisting of a dry bite of bread that had not been dipped into a dish of savory sauce of oil, vinegar or the like (cf. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. There is nothing got by ill designs. The problem is not in the correction itself (though the fool will likely blame it); the problem is in the fool. ii. Whoever rewards evil for good, “He therefore tries us, that he may make us know what is in us, what dross, what pure metal; and that all may see that we are such as, for a need, can ‘glorify him in the very fires,’ [Isaiah 24:15].” (Trapp). Those who seek only rebellion can offer nothing wise and good to replace that which they rebel against. The beginning of strife is like releasing water: The nature of liquid water makes it difficult to restrain. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow: To be the parent of a foolish scoffer (one who foolishly doubts and rejects the truth) is to have sorrow. a. Children’s children are the crown of old men: Grandchildren are like a crown of glory for a grandparent. First, a question as to whether I am really a friend to anyone; and second, a question as to how many real friends I have.”, ii. A friend loveth at all times — A sincere and hearty friend not only loves in prosperity, but also in adversity, when false friends forsake us; and a brother — Who is so, not only by name and blood, but by brotherly affection; is born for adversity — Was sent into the world for this among other ends, that he might comfort and relieve his brother in his adversity. The nature of the fool requires that they have no heart to pay the price of wisdom. “As many persons are guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and of paying kindness with unkindness, and good with evil, it is no wonder we find so much wretchedness among men; for God’s word cannot fail; evil shall not depart from the houses and families of such persons.” (Clarke), ii. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. “Possibly gate is here taken for the mouth; and the exalting of the gate may mean proud boasting and arrogant speaking, such as has a tendency to kindle and maintain strife. i. Proverbs 17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house." Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom: Wisdom has a price, and Solomon imagined a fool who was ready to pay that price. b. God never thinks that all should be equally condemned or justified; but that the appropriate answer be given to both the wicked and the just. Fining and flogging are mentioned. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Yet the blessing of quietness and peace is so great, that it can make a dry morsel seem better than the alternative presented. A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back: It is wrong to receive a bribe, an illegal and unjust payment to get around normal laws and procedures and to buy favor from officials. 16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? To be constantly agitated and upset is a mark of folly, not wisdom. A brother is born for adversity: A true brother (here used in a sense beyond the literal blood relation) will show himself in a time of adversity. The writer had observed some such scene with the horror of a just man. Many trifles take the place of the one thing that is needful.” (Bridges). Words in boxes are from the Bible. No sensible person would want to meet a mother bear under such conditions. i. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. The seepage starts from a small aperture, but under built up pressure it quickly bursts open and the small leak turns into a raging, uncontrolled cataclysm that gets out of hand and does irreparable damage.” (Waltke), ii. a. b. He who loves transgression loves strife, i. “He who is pleased to hear of the misfortune of another will, in the course of God’s just government, have his own multiplied.” (Clarke). “The human, who is supposed to be intelligent and rational, in such folly becomes more dangerous than the beast that in this case acts with good reason.” (Ross). Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith. i. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. A friend loves at all times: A true friend will not only love when it is easy, but at all times. b. Anyone who despises their fellow man this way should expect God to answer and defend the weaker one. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. If men loved not lies, they would not listen to them.” (Trapp), ii. This proverb may simply state the fact that a bribe usually works. Proverbs 17 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. To punish the righteous is not good: God’s moral order insists that the righteous be rewarded and the wicked be punished. He cares about those things that are furthest from him and with which he has the least concern.” (Bridges), v. “This diversion is a great friend to the enemy. 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