Proverbs 17 – Sensible/ Foolish People

It is the 17th of the month everyone, and we have been presented with another great day.  I hope you woke up with a song on your heart regardless of what is going on in our world.  Even if you have rain or snow I hope that you have learned how to sing or play in the rain as well as the snow.

If you are following this study then you should be studying chapter 17 of Proverbs.

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Today I focused on verse 24 of this chapter, which states, “Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” 

Theme: Sensible people, Foolish children

So, who are the sensible people and the foolish children in this chapter and what can we learn from them and what impact does that have on us today?

Key Learning: The LORD tests the heart of Sensible as well as the foolish people to check their motiveskey2success

Lesson #1: Sensible people

  • Wise servant (v.2)
  • Those who forgive a fault (v.9)
  • A person of understanding (v.10)
  • A friend who is always loyal (v.17)
  • Brother born to help in time of need (v.17)
  • Those that have cheerful hearts (v.22)
  • Sensible people (v.24)
  • The godly who are good (v.26)
  • A wise person who uses few words (v.27)
  • A person with understanding and is even-tempered (v.27)

Lesson #2: Foolish people

  • Disgraceful child (v.2)
  • Wrongdoers who eagerly listen to gossip (v.4)
  • Liars who pay close attention to slander (v.4)
  • Those who mock the poor (v.5)
  • Those who rejoice at the misfortune of others (v.5)
  • Those who dwell on a fault to long (v.9)
  • A fool (v.10, 12)
  • Evil people who are eager for rebellion (v.11)
  • A fool caught in foolishness (v.12)
  • Those who repay good with evil (v.13)
  • Those who start quarrels (v.14)
  • Those who acquit the guilty (v.15)
  • Those who condemn the innocent (v.15)
  • Those who pay to educate a fool (v.16)
  • Those who guaranteed another person’s debt (v.18)
  • Those who put up security for a friend (v.18)
  • Those who love to quarrel (v.19)
  • Those who trust in high walls (v.19)
  • Those with crooked hearts (v.20)
  • Those who use a lying tongue (v.20)
  • A rebel (v.21)
  • Those with a broken spirit (v.22)
  • The wicked that take secret bribes (v.23)
  • Those that pervert the course of justice (v.23)
  • The fool whose eyes wander to the ends of the earth (v.24)
  • Foolish children (v.25)
  • Those who punish the godly for being good (v.26)
  • Those who flog leaders for being honest (v.26)

Review:

  1. Are you a wise servant or a disgraceful son?
  2. When the LORD tests your heart what dross does the process expel?
  3. Do you find that you eagerly listen to gossip?
  4. Does slander of another cause you to listen really closely?
  5. Do you rejoice at the misfortune of others?
  6. Do you find that you spend too much time dwelling on a fault rather than forgiving it?
  7. Are the people that you associated with eager for rebellion?
  8. Have you ever repay good with evil?
  9. Do you find it hard to stop quarreling?
  10. Are you a loyal friend that can be counted on in a time of need?

Lesson #3: Nuggets of Gold: 

  • Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting–and conflict (v.1)
  • Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler (v.7)
  • A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool (v.10)
  • It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel (v.21)
  • A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered (v.27)
  • Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent (v.28)

What can we learn from them and what impact does that have on us today?application

  • We learn that the sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom whereas the foolish children bring grief to their fathers, and bitterness to the one who gave them birth
  • When we understand the above then we can avoid the misfortunes of the foolish child, things like losing part of their inheritance, being severely punished, being separated from their close friends, evil never leaving their house, and being detestable to the LORD

As you read this chapter I hope that you past the inspection with flying colors.  In other words I wish you true greatness!

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 17:3 “Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.”

Let us pray for the cleansing power of prayer and the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer Time!

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