Proverbs 17:10-22

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Proverbs 17

III. The Proverbs of Solomon (10:1 - 22:16)

B. Proverbs exalting righteous living (16:1 - 22:16)

10 A reproof entereth more into (i.e. makes more of an impression on) a wise man than an hundred stripes into (i.e. blows onto) a fool.

11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion (Rebellion against any authority is rebellion against Godl): therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him (i.e. someone to execute judgment on him).

12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps (i.e. cubs) meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

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

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off (i.e. abandon) contention, before it be meddled with (i.e. before strife breaks out).

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

16 Wherefore (Why?) is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it (i.e. for it)?

17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (The friend is the brother.)

18 A man void of understanding striketh hands (i.e. he confirms a covenant by a handshake), and becometh surety (i.e. a co-signer responsible for someone else's debt) in the presence of his friend.

19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. [Exalteth his gate is a figure referring to opening one's mouth with boastful, arrogant talk.

20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

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

22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine (i.e. causes good healing): but a broken spirit drieth the bones.