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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Proverbs 17



Verses 1-28

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

Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

Proverbs 17:2Illustration- In college, our animal science class went on a tour of a rich man's farm. The man who managed the farm, working under the owner, stayed there so long and pleased the owner so much, that the owner gave him forty acres with a house on it. This wise servant, we were told by the tour guide, had made several land transactions which greatly increased the owner's wealth. So here, this servant, or employee, partook of the inheritance with the brethren.

Scripture References- Note: Proverbs 14:35, "The king"s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame."

Proverbs 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 17:10"A reproof entereth more into a wise man" - Illustration- Peter received reproof from Paul ( Galatians 2:11).

Galatians 2:11, "But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed."

Proverbs 17:10Comments- Proverbs 17:10 is telling us that there are different ways to correct the wise and the foolish. A parent quickly learns to use different means of discipline on their children. A person who manages employees learns that each person responds differently to instruction and to correction. Therefore, it takes much wisdom to manage a large group of people effectively.

Proverbs 17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Proverbs 17:13Illustrations:

1. David showed evil to Uriah"s house by taking his wife, Bathsheba, while Uriah had shown good to the David as a faithful soldier in his army. Therefore God pronounced evil into David"s house forever:

2 Samuel 12:10-11, "Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun."

2. Saul rewarded David with evil, when David had only done good for Saul:

1 Samuel 24:17, "And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil."

3. Nabal rewarded David with evil for his good deed of protecting his herdsmen.

1 Samuel 25:21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17Scripture References- Note a similar verse:

Proverbs 18:24, "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 — "but a broken spirit drieth the bones" - Comments- A dentist once told me that the teeth of young people can be moved about and reset by using braces in the mouth because the bones are moist. As a person ages, his bones become dry and hard. At that point, the teeth cannot be moved using braces. Therefore, dry bones are a sign of aging.

Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:24Comments- A person who understands that God and His Word are the source of wisdom will easily find it, because God"s Word is always before us. However, a fool will travel to the ends of the earth looking for wisdom without finding it. No matter how hard he tries to find it, nor where he looks, he will not find wisdom. —

A man of understanding has a humble heart that is always ready to receive God"s Word. He does not resist the commandments of God, but rather, receives the implanted Word in meekness. Thus, for him, wisdom comes easily ( James 1:21). —

James 1:21, "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."

Illustration- There was a testimony on a Christian program where a young man left the United States and visited India in search of Eastern religions. After year of searching these religions, he saw their foolishness and became a Christian.


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Proverbs 17:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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Saturday, October 24th, 2020
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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