17:1 Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than an house full of a sacrifices [with] strife.
(a) For where there were many sacrifices, there
were many portions given to the people, with which they feasted.
17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that
causeth shame, and shall have part of the b
inheritance among the brethren.
(b) That is, will be made governor over the
A bribe [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: wherever it c
turneth, it prospereth.
(c) The reward has great force to gain the hearts
17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love;
but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] d
(d) He that admonishes the prince of his fault
makes him his enemy.
17:11 An evil [man] seeketh
only rebellion: therefore a cruel e
messenger shall be sent against him.
(e) By the messenger is meant such means as God
uses to punish the rebels.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man,
rather than f a fool in his folly.
(f) By which he means the wicked in his rage, who
has no fear of God.
Why [is there] a g price in the hand of
a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?
g What good does it do the wicked to
be rich, seeing he does not set his mind to wisdom?
17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a h
brother is born for adversity.
(h) So that he is more than a friend, even a
brother that helps in time of adversity.
17:18 A man void of understanding i
striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
(i) Read (Proverbs
17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife:
[and] he that exalteth his k gate
(k) Lifts up himself above his degree.
A wicked [man] taketh a bribe out of the l
bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
(l) That is, secretly and out of the bosom of the
17:24 Wisdom [is] before him that hath
understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the m
ends of the earth.
(m) That is, wander to and fro, and seek not
17:26 Also to punish the just
[is] not good, [nor] to strike princes n
(n) For their well doing.