Proverbs 17:1-It is better to live in a home that only has the very basics of life, but in which there is peace among its members; than it is to live in a home that is affluent, but has discord among its members. Some suggest that this truth is amplified if the word “feasting” is a reference to the celebration that a family has together as they eat their share of the peace offering they had just made at the Temple (cf. Leviticus 7:12-17). Here they are, celebrating the peace of God…and there is dissension among them.
Proverbs 17:2-If a man has a servant who is obedient to him and a son who is disobedient to him…he may choose to give part of his inheritance to the servant.
Proverbs 17:3-God tests our hearts by allowing us to go through difficult times in order to see if there are innocent and free from impurities...even as a jeweler puts heat to gold and silver in order to bring the impurities into view. While we may be able to subdue, or hide, ungodly attitudes when things are going our way…when difficulties come, it is often the case that our true nature will come out in the manner in which we respond.
Proverbs 17:4-Wicked people listen to and are influenced by other wicked people.
Proverbs 17:5-Since God made all men (poor and rich, alike)…when we ridicule someone, we bring “reproach” (to profane, blaspheme, speak bad of) to God. And if we are happy when bad things happen to other people…we will be held accountable by God.
Proverbs 17:6-Generations bring honor to each other.
Proverbs 17:7-You won’t find a fool who controls his words. And in reverse, you shouldn’t find a leader who is a liar.
Proverbs 17:8-A person who bribes other people thinks that he is smarter than other people…and that he will always get away with it.
Proverbs 17:9-The person who is willing to pay the price for someone else’s sin so that it will not become known by others…is acting out of love. But the person who deliberately makes a person’s sin known to others…causes destruction of personal friendships.
Proverbs 17:10-A person with understanding willing receives wise correction. But a fool…you can tell him a hundred times and he still will not receive it.
Proverbs 17:11-A man who is disobedient seeks opportunities to rebel. Eventually, he will be caught in his own act of rebellion.
Proverbs 17:12-A female bear that is on a rampage of death and destruction because her cubs have been taken from her is less of a threat than being associated with a fool.
Proverbs 17:13-If someone does good to a person, and that person then does and evil deed back…that same evil deed will take affect in his own life.
Proverbs 17:14-Imagine a dam that has broken. You need to repair the dam quickly. Once the water breaks through…there is no stopping it. It’s the same way when people quarrel. Stop the quarreling before it is out of hand and there is no stopping it.
Proverbs 17:15-People who choose wickedness over righteousness make God sick.
Proverbs 17:16-Why would a fool try to gain wisdom…when he doesn’t have the common sense to understand it if he were to get it?
Proverbs 17:17-You can always count on a true friend…good times, or bad.
Proverbs 17:18-A man who is willing to become responsible as a cosigner for the financial debts of other people shows that he is not very smart.
Proverbs 17:19-People think that sinful behavior will bring happiness…but in reality, they are just setting them up difficulties. The words “raises his door” was a colloquialism that meant “to open your mouth with arrogant boasts”. In other words, if you keep boasting about the bad things you’ve done…eventually word will get to the wrong person and you will be caught.
Proverbs 17:20-A “crooked mind” (“crooked” means “twisted, distorted, perverse”, “mind” speaks of thinking), and “perverted…language” (“perverted” means crooked, turning, constantly changing) both lead a person into tragic situations.
Proverbs 17:21-A person who is a fool brings heartache to his family.
Proverbs 17:22-An attitude of joy is like medicine to the soul. But a “broken spirit” (wounded, stricken-meaning discouragement, hurt, and sorrow) goes to the very core of a person.
Proverbs 17:23-A wicked person hides a bribe…so that he will not be caught and found guilty.
Proverbs 17:24-It is easy for a person of understanding to find more wisdom. But a fool can look all over the earth and never find it.
Proverbs 17:25-A fool brings sorrow to his parents.
Proverbs 17:26-It is not good to harass people because they are good and obedient to God.
Proverbs 17:27-A smart person will be slow to share his opinion on matters.
Proverbs 17:28-This (17:27) is true even for a fool.
Proverbs 18:1-A person who refuses to be in the company of people who could offer him advice, does so because he doesn’t want to hear anything that would interfere with what he wants.
Proverbs 18:2-A foolish man has no time to listen to what others think because he is too busy expressing his own opinion.
Proverbs 18:3-A wicked man’s reputation is shameful and a man of “dishonor” (people despise him, he is looked upon with shame) is a “reproach” (disgrace, no respect) in the sight of others.
Proverbs 18:4-A person’s words should have depth and significance in terms of helping others.
Proverbs 18:5-cf. 17:15
Proverbs 18:6-The words of a foolish person will cause him trouble.
Proverbs 18:7-A fool cannot keep his mouth shut and the things he says will eventually lead to trouble for him.
Proverbs 18:8-People love to hear gossip.
Proverbs 18:9-A man who will not work is not just passive…but his unwillingness is actively destructive.
Proverbs 18:10-The phrase “name of the LORD” is used here of the Lord, Himself. Righteous people run to Him and He protects them.
Proverbs 18:11-Rich people think that their money will protect them.
Proverbs 18:12-A person is arrogant until the day that he faces death…then he will learn the truth the hard way. When a person who is humble dies…he will be recognized as a person who knew the truth and practiced it.
Proverbs 18:13-Some people spout off an answer without getting all of the facts…this just goes to prove that he was a fool, all along.
Proverbs 18:14-Mental and emotional sickness is harder to overcome than physical sickness.
Proverbs 18:15-An intelligent man is always seeking to know more.
Proverbs 18:16-A person who is generous will be welcomed into the presence of people of importance.
Proverbs 18:17-The first person to plead his case in a lawsuit seems to be right. But then when the other side of the story is heard it could change the opinion of the jury. Don’t stop short of finding all of the facts.
Proverbs 18:18-When you cast lots in order to make a decision…it removes the possibility of people fighting with one another…by taking the outcome out of their hands.
Proverbs 18:19-Once someone’s pride has been hurt…it is almost impossible for them to be reconciled with the person who hurt them.
Proverbs 18:20-If you listen closely enough to what a person has to say…you will know what it is that he really wants.
Proverbs 18:21-Words have incredible power and those who understand how to use them correctly will be greatly blessed.
Proverbs 18:22-Since marriage was instituted by God…it will be blessed by God.
Proverbs 18:23-A poor man often has little hope when dealing with others…but a rich man can just run over people to get what he wants.
Proverbs 18:24-Casual friendships provide little help in tough times. But it is good to have a strong friend who will stick through thick and thin with you.
Prayer: Father, please help me to be a respecter of all people. Don’t let me base my relationships with them on money, or possessions, or race, or power, or popularity. Help me to treat every man for what they are…Your creation.