Wisdom warns us against taking responsibility for the debts of others. Proverbs 19 – Fools and Family Life Proverbs 19:1. It is an honour to children to have wise and godly parents continued to them, even after they are grown up and settled in the world. “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). To upset this or reverse it is not good. Than a house full of feasting with strife. Much less lying lips to a prince. i. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.. Ver. Solomon knew this proverb well, since his father mistreated Uriah. b. Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. b. Let not any wrong their families. 2 A wise servant will rule over a son that makes his father ashamed. Commentary on Proverbs 17:2 (Read Proverbs 17:2) The wise servant is more deserving, and more likely to appear one of the family, than a profligate son. i. And becomes surety for his friend: It is responsibility enough to honor our own debts. (Pr 17:2) Next commentary: Proverbs 17:2. i. Proverbs 17. 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. The evil man should not be surprised when it comes. b. a. “The proverb corrects the popular misconception that it is better to set free ten guilty persons than to condemn one innocent person. We might say that the price of wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. “His eyes are on the ends of the earth, rolling and wandering from one object to another. Peace and quietness in the home are so valuable that they make up for many other comforts denied. “The corrupt official defies God who has placed him over the community to protect the poor. It discourages those who do good and encourages those who do not. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family. 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. The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; “Ahithophel has deserted David, and Judas has sold his Lord. i. “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. Nor to strike princes for their uprightness: If a leader is upright, he should never be punished – especially by striking. Be useful. Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts. The wise man or woman will stay away from such a fool in his folly. b. “That eminent servant of God, Jonathan Edwards, when he was at his last, said, ‘Where is Jesus of Nazareth, my old and faithful friend? 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 … The father of a fool has no joy: There is no pleasure in seeing that your child is a fool. Read verse in New International Version 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. You can check these in your browser security settings. “The finer the disposition, the less is needed to correct it.” (Morgan). John Trapp Complete Commentary. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. These words recommend family-love and peace, as conducing very much to the comfort of human life. Truly, a cheerful and merry heart is good for more than the personality; it is good for the body. Proverbs Bible Study Commentary. They love it when God’s laws are sinfully transgressed and when there is conflict. b. This is like the beginning of strife. An evil man seeks only rebellion: The instinctive response of rebellion belongs to the evil, not to the wise. b. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Better is a dry morsel with quietness: There is nothing appealing about a dry morsel. i. Look at your mercies with both eyes; your troubles with only one eye. “Abundance often brings a deterioration of moral and ethical standards as well as an increase in envy and strife.” (Ross). Our enemy’s great object is to turn the mind away from what is immediate to what is indefinite, from what is plain and important to what is unsearchable, from what is personal to what is irrelevant. When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. - Verse-by-Verse Commentary Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. No sensible person would want to meet a mother bear under such conditions. 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. “The proverb pictures them gathered around the aged parent like a crowning diadem.” (Waltke). Such people should understand that when they mock the poor, they despise (reproach) the One who made both the poor and themselves. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; 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. i. And will share an inheritance among the brothers. a. Proverbs 17:1. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. About this commentary: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. If men loved not lies, they would not listen to them.” (Trapp), ii. Yet the blessing of quietness and peace is so great, that it can make a dry morsel seem better than the alternative presented. His word and His truth give a wise, loving standard that will both examine and refine the inner man or woman. Learn Pauls secret: In whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 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. The problem is not in the correction itself (though the fool will likely blame it); the problem is in the fool. i. a. b. Nor to strike princes for their uprightness. a. Children’s children are the crown of old men: Grandchildren are like a crown of glory for a grandparent. 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. These words recommend family love and peace, as needful for the comfort of human life. The greatest of kings who have been fawned upon by their courtiers while in power, have been treated as if they were but dogs in the time of their extremity.” (Spurgeon), ii. 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. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. Fining and flogging are mentioned. 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. If this is linked to religion, it flows from a narrow and perverted view and a spurious humility centered on the self. Than a hundred blows on a fool. i. “Two important thoughts are suggested by this proverb. “A broken spirit in an evangelical sense is God’s precious gift. “In the latter clause there is an evident allusion to cut stones. A friend loveth at all times.] Verse 17 This intimates the strength of those bonds by which we are bound to each other and which we ought to be sensible of. “The proverb is expressing this reality from the viewpoint of the one giving the bribe—it works.” (Ross). Proverbs 17:17 Context. Friends must be constant to each other at all times. i. Inequity or inhumanity in the judge seems an insult against the eternal throne of Jehovah. “Contrary to judicial law and custom, one’s virtue, not the privilege of birth, ultimately counts for more in social and economic standing.” (Waltke). A price in the hand of a fool to procure wisdom, and not a heart? Chapter 17. 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. Proverbs 17 – Wisdom, Justice, and Family, Than a house full of feasting with strife, A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers, The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue, He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished, Children’s children are the crown of old men, Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor, He who repeats a matter separates friends, A cruel messenger will be sent against him, The beginning of strife is like releasing water, Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts, He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the, Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, He who has a perverse tongue falls into evil, He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back, Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, The eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth, Nor to strike princes for their uprightness, A man of understanding is of a calm spirit, Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace, When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. There is both the pain of the consequences of the child’s folly and the regret of wondering if one parented effectively. He who has a deceitful heart finds no good: The one filled with deceit will only find corruption and deceit in others. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. a. i. He who has knowledge spares his words: Both wisdom and folly are often revealed by one’s words. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 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. How ingenious is the cheerful heart in finding the means of enjoyment and in extending these! He that hath pity on the poor — And relieves their necessities; lendeth unto the Lord — Doth not empoverish, but enrich himself: for the Lord takes what is done to them as done to himself, because it is done to those whom he has appointed in his own stead to be his receivers, and whom he hath, in a peculiar manner, commended to the care and charity of all other men. b. John Trapp Complete Commentary. He will receive part of the valuable things of his master when his master dies. Rather than a fool in his folly. Proverbs 17. 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. A friend loveth at all times.] If there be but the least breach, they stop it presently, otherwise the sea would soon flood them.” (Trapp). God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be. A neglected crop, riddled with mutual antipathy, is seen in Isaiah 3:5; Micah 7:6; 2 Timothy 3:2-4.” (Kidner). A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Since he has no heart for it? “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. His thoughts are scattered. i. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. All Rights Reserved. The fact that both the poor and the well-off have the same Maker should give the richer person greater sympathy and greater sense. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. a. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. Than a hundred blows on a fool: Correction may be administered deeply and repeatedly to the fool, yet they will not receive it. Commentary on Proverbs 17:1 (Read Proverbs 17:1) These words recommend family love and peace, as needful for the comfort of human life. a. Such people should never sit in the gate of respect, leadership, and authority. He who repeats a matter separates friends: To uncover someone’s sin by repeated it to others will ruin relationships and divide friendships. Proverbs 19:24), but nevertheless enjoyed in security, with an unlimited royal banquets but plagued with strife.” (Waltke), ii. 3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts. b. “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). 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