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 Main Index : Commentaries : Geneva Study Bible : Proverbs Index : Chapter 17

Proverbs, Chapter 17
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17:1 Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than an house full of a sacrifices [with] strife.

    (a) For where there were many sacrifices, there were many portions given to the people, with which they feasted.
17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the b inheritance among the brethren.
    (b) That is, will be made governor over the children.
17:8 A bribe [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: wherever it c turneth, it prospereth.
    (c) The reward has great force to gain the hearts of men.
17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] d friends.
    (d) He that admonishes the prince of his fault makes him his enemy.
17:11 An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel e messenger shall be sent against him.
    (e) By the messenger is meant such means as God uses to punish the rebels.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than f a fool in his folly.
    (f) By which he means the wicked in his rage, who has no fear of God.

17:16 Why [is there] a g price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]? g What good does it do the wicked to be rich, seeing he does not set his mind to wisdom? 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a h brother is born for adversity.

    (h) So that he is more than a friend, even a brother that helps in time of adversity.
17:18 A man void of understanding i striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend. 17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his k gate seeketh destruction.
    (k) Lifts up himself above his degree.
17:23 A wicked [man] taketh a bribe out of the l bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
    (l) That is, secretly and out of the bosom of the rich.
17:24 Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the m ends of the earth.
    (m) That is, wander to and fro, and seek not after wisdom.
17:26 Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes n for equity.
    (n) For their well doing.

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