Chapter 17: Friends Forever
“Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 17:5)
I really love this verse, but when I read verses I often look at other translations of the same verse to see what kind of differences or possibly new interpretations of the verse exist. This particular verse had a different translation that I think really captured the message. The translation is from the Douy-Rheims Bible and is basically the same except; “…he that rejoices at another man’s ruin, shall not be unpunished.” Essentially we learn that we should never make fun of someone because of their social status and if we rejoice in seeing someone else suffer or be ruined (example: tricking them into paying you more money, taking advantage of someone) then those people will be punished for that.
“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” (Proverbs 17:9)
This is another verse where I hate to say it, but I like the entire translation better than the King James Version, and I REALLY like the King James Version… “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it seperates close friends.” (New Living Translation of Proverbs 17:9) When we are forgiven by others or forgiven of sin, LOVE can prosper. If we dwell on things and never let them go it will ruin relationships.
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
Friends and Family are important. True friends and “brothers” (which can be both friends and family) are there for each other… ALWAYS!
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” (Proverbs 17:28)
Sometimes it is just better for us to keep our mouth shut and move on. We will probably look a lot more intelligent if we do so.
Chapter 18: Find a Wife
“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 18:8)
In other words… we can say that the words of the gossiper or liar will come back to hurt the one telling the stories.
“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22)
Marriage is important in the eyes of the Lord. We must get married, instead of “living” with someone.
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
If you want friends, you too must be friendly and keep the friendship going. Friendships that are not taken care of will eventually die off.