Wise Family Life (Proverbs 17:1 – 8)

1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting with strife.

2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance among the brothers.

3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the LORD tests the hearts.

4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.

5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

6 Children’s children are the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is their father.

7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
Much less lying lips to a prince.

8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.

This passage primarily discusses the ways that people can have good family life practices.  It begins with a statement that a humble yet peaceful life is more desirable than prosperity with strife.  It deals with a servant’s relationship to the family, the need for honesty, and compassion for the needy.  It goes on to state that children and grandchildren are like a crown, and that children are blessed by their father.

There are other thoughts in this passage that speak of excellent speech, presents, and prosperity.  The overall theme, though, is the ways to build wise family life.  Be humble, be honest, love your family.  These are the building blocks of a strong family.

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