Proverbs 17:1 “Better…quietness…than…strife”
Peace and the ability to enjoy what you have is better than great material gain. Once you have that, then you can add the other.
3 “refining pot is for silver…furnace for gold…the LORD tests the hearts”
Nice comparison. Breaks down and removes the dross or waste. What is left is pure, the best of what it can be.
4 “…evildoer gives heed to false lips…”
Evil loves company.
13 “Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.”
Makes you wonder about some, especially in politics. Even if they turn, have they already locked in consequences.
14 “…stop contention before a quarrel starts”
De-escalation. The wise choice for thousands of years.
15 “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.”
Strong words. I see many in this situation. Some without even realizing it. They don’t know the danger of their predicament.
17 “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”
Long time favorite. A true friend. Not sure I’ve ever had one other than Jesus. Have tried to be one, but opportunities for reciprocity have been few.
22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”
I know the feeling.
27-28 “He who has knowledge spares his words, And 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.”
Excellent wisdom. Keep reminding myself of this daily. May not attain to a wise man of understanding, but could be a perceptive fool.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.