Proverbs 17

Hey! Wow, seems like we just started Proverbs a few days ago! Look at verse 3: “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.” (By the way, a crucible is a vessel of a very refractory material (such as porcelain) used for melting and calcining a substance that requires a high degree of heat.) So, if we could rephrase this verse, it would be: “There’s a test for silver and a test for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.” Man has made things to test the quality of materials, but only the LORD can test the heart.

Verse 7: “Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince (KJV).” That means a fool won’t gain excellent, or very good, speech. But why is that important? For one, its convincing in an argument if you’re defending Christ. But also, a prince is held (humanly) to a higher standard than a serf. If the prince is caught in a lie, he is held accountable for his actions.

Verse 8 is interesting: “A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.” Now this isn’t talking about what present your friend gave you, this is talking about a gift – as the Merriam-Webster defines it: “A notable capacity, talent, or endowment.” Wherever the finder of the stone turns it, it’s beautiful. So is your gift. How you use your gift is a different matter.

Verse 10: “A reproof entereth more into a wise man than 100 stripes into a fool.” (By the way, a “stripe” is a lashing.) Correcting a wise man gives him more wisdom than 100 lashings could!

I like verse 14: “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.” (NIV) Sadly I don’t do this much. I have to prove that I’m right. But what does it prove? God knows you’re right (or wrong!), and it’s not worth destroying a relationship between you and your sibling or friend.

The last verse, 28, is good. Take a look at it: “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” It [the Bible] talks about how fools talk, spew folly, etc. Now it’s saying that they’re wise! Makes sense!

I hope this has blessed you!

Ryan

Mark 16:15

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