| 1 Better is a dry morsel,
and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices 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.
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.
| 1 -
House full of sacrifices Those who offered peace offerings would
eat part of the animal. The priests had a part and the rest was burned
2 - Servant ... rule One way this might happen would be for a servant/slave to become an heir ge1502, ge4137, 2sa1604, ec1007.
| 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 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 entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
|6 - Glory of children Wise and loving parents and grandparents have an important influence. ps12705.|
| 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.
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.
|11 - Evil man ... messenger against him "Messenger" is from mal'ak which may also be translated "angel" meaning that an angel would bring a curse. Compare the destroying angel at the time of Pharaoh. The Israelites were to have blood of a lamb sprinkled above and beside their doors to show their loyalty to God. See ex12.|
| 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.
.18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
.19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
.20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
- A brother who loves the Lord (like mine does) is a faithful friend.
19 - This eliminates nearly all entertainment that comes over the media.
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool
hath no joy.
.22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
.23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
- Father of a fool Compare pr1926.
22 - Merry heart Attitude affects health. Being merry with wine pr1814, however, would have the opposite effect. 1sa2526.
| 25 A foolish son is a grief
to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
- Punish From nakah, literally "to fine."
26 - Strike princes The clause may refer to people of noble character.
| 27 He that hath knowledge
spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
.28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
|Good advice for some of us who like to talk.|