Pathways Through Proverbs
November 17, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 17
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In our society it seems that people want to render an opinion about everything. Celebrities are often called on to give their views on the issues of the day, and they are usually very willing to speak their minds. People who are ignorant of the subject matter don't seem to let that fact stop them from speaking out. They will discuss politics, religion, current events, and anything else you want to bring up, and never allow their lack of knowledge to keep them from pontificating. Normally, it doesn't take a wise man very long to realize the foolishness of these "big talkers".
- Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
- A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
- The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
- A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
- Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
- Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
- Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
- A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
- He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
- A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
- An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
- Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
- Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
- The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
- He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
- Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
- A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
- A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
- He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
- He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
- He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
- A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
- A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
- Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
- A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
- Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
- He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
- 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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Solomon writes that a man who learns to keep his mouth shut will be considered wise even if he really isn't very knowledgeable. It is only when he speaks that his ignorance is revealed, so if he keeps quiet, no one will know. Folks will consider him to be contemplative, or a deep thinker, because they are so used to fools speaking out that they will assume that the man who doesn't speak must be pondering the issues.
The purpose of this proverb is not to restrict people from imparting their wisdom to another. However, we must be sure that what we are about to say really is wise, and that we are giving an appropriate and accurate statement concerning the issue at hand. If you aren't sure about your facts, don't speak. If you aren't sure if you have wisdom on a subject, be silent. You will keep yourself out of trouble, and those around you will respect you for it.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery