A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“More Than Enough,” Vickie Winans.
“Proverbs of Solomon,” XIII, Proverbs 17:1) Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices (or good cheer) with strife. 2) A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.. 3) The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts. Malachi 3:3. 4) A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 5) Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished (held innocent). 6) Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 7) Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 8) A gift is as a precious stone (a stone of Grace) in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 9) He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. 10) A reproof (criticism) entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 11) An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12) Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 13) Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. Romans 12:17; 1Thessalonians 5:15. 14) The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 15) He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord. 16) Wherefore Is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? 17) A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity (trouble).
Quest Study Bible – v3, How does God test the heart? Both gold and silver are refined by high heat. The heat of hard times is designed to improve us, drawing us closer to the heart of God. v8, Is bribery encouraged? Bribery is sometimes effective, but this verse is not extolling its benefits. The Bible clearly condemns bribery as a perversion of justice (v23). v17, How can I know who my friends are? A genuine friend loves us through the best and worst of times. The person who maintains only surface relationships with a wide number of people may eventually face ruin for lack of good advice when it is really needed (18:24). Gossips, drunkards, gluttons and those drawn to us because of our wealth are unreliable and should be shunned v1:10-19; 23:20-21; 19:4, 7.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v14, What danger there is in the beginning of strife. Resist it. v16, Man’s neglect of God’s favour and his own interest is absurd. v17, No change of circumstance should abate or stop our affection of family and friends. But no friend, except Christ deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive and still receives its most glorious fulfillment. Amen.