Proverbs 17

Proverbs 17

It is better to have very little physical wealth and be at peace with God; than to be physically rich and estranged from the Most High. 

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [physical wealth] with strife.

Those who zealously please and serve God will rule over the earth. 

17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

God the Father and Jesus Christ tests and judges the secret things of our hearts and our loyalty to God by our zeal to live by every Word of God.  Often temptations are allowed to test our love for God and his Word.

Those who compromise with the Word of God to try and moderate persecution, trials or temptations; are failing God’s TEST of loyalty.    

17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

Men will follow the desire of their own hearts. 

Those who desire their own ways will compromise with God’s Word and they will follow those who teach compromise.  

The person who loves the law and ways of God will reject and refuse to compromise with the Word of God once they understand what is happening.  The ungodly are easily tempted into wickedness.

17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Those who take pleasure in the suffering of others are condemned by God.  It is our mission to warn people to live by every Word of God and so avoid the sorrows of sin.. 

17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

God our heavenly Father delights in his faithful children, and they delight in God their Father in heaven and in all of his ways.  The heart filled with the spirit, faith, love, and peace of God; which comes through zealous obedience to every Word of God; has peace of mind and FULL UNITY with God the Father and Jesus Christ! 

17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

To speak grand speeches signifying nothing but foolishness is a great deception meant to lead men into sin and destruction.  Do not be impressed by grand  honeyed lying rhetoric, exhorting to compromise and sin.

17:7 Excellent speech [beautiful but foolish rhetoric] becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

A gift appeases wrath and the giver more easily entreated by the recipient.

17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

As per Matthew 18; we should first go to the offender PRIVATELY and only go to the Ekklesia after all other recourse has been exhausted.  Yet, when an evil is a matter of public record it may be rebutted publicly. 

17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

The wise accept and even love honest correction, for by it they grow and are saved from error.  Only a fool cannot admit that he is mistaken and therefore  will neither grow nor overcome, but will perish in his folly.

17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

The end of the wicked who will not be zealous to live by every Word of God will be most horrid

17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

To be caught up in the folly of  spiritual foolishness which stands on false traditions and idolizes men, is the worst fate of all; for it will bring spiritual destruction and eternal death if not repented from.

17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

The man who receives good and returns evil for that good shall fall into evil himself; because those who sought to do him good will turn away from him.

17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Starting a strife is like opening a hole in a dam; it only gets bigger and bigger until it cannot be controlled.  Therefore do everything lawfully possible to avoid strife.

17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Today’s spiritual Ekklesia is full with those who justify and tolerate sin and condemn the just for rebuking sin  Those who do these things are an abomination to God the Father and Jesus Christ, they will be corrected in the tribulation which is now immediately before us.

17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

Why do fools pay for instruction and then reject the wisdom of God?

17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

A true friend will love and do right by his friends.  If we are the friends of Christ;  we will  love him enough to do what he teaches.

John 15:14   Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Deceived men shake hands with those who lead them astray and give themselves to serve men instead of serving God.

17:18 A man void of [lacking] understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

The person who exalts himself, seeks destruction from God.

Matthew 23:11   But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 21:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Proverbs 17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

The proud and willful person shall be abased in the end.

17:20 He that hath a froward [stubborn, self-willed] heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

God our Father in heaven has no joy in correcting wicked unrepentant children; he corrects the wicked because he loves them and wants to save them from the eternal death they are rushing towards.

Ezekiel 33:11    Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

The spirit of man which is broken through the wages of unrepented sin has no peace in the end.

17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

The wicked work to pervert and deceive the godly for a reward. 

17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

The foolish are trapped in wickedness and fleshly lusts, but the godly receive the gift of wisdom through zealous obedience to live by every Word of God the Father in heaven.

17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

God our Father in heaven is grieved by the wicked and he works to save them from their foolishness.

17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

Why do the lukewarm for the Word of God attack the zealous?  Why do the spiritually lukewarm think themselves equal to princes [the zealously godly]?   Let them cast off their lukewarm lack of zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God and overcome that wicked spiritual sloth; then they will become godly priests and kings indeed.

17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

The godly wise are careful with their words and seek to focus all people on true godly zeal for all the things of the heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Better to be passionately enthusiastic to learn and live by every Word of God and BE godly wise; than to remain in foolishness! 

Yet, the student should not try to teach until he is fully grounded in sound doctrine and is mature in the experience of obedience that brings godly wisdom.  Let the younger people learn and apply the Word in their lives; and when they are old they will be able elders, apt to teach the righteousness of God.

Elder men, well experienced and proven in the scriptures and in their example of godliness are to be ordained; not the young and inexperienced.

17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.


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